Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bayer CropScience Makes Additional Three-Year Commitment To Food Bank Of Central And Eastern North Carolina BackPack Program

Crop Science Company To Help Children At Risk Of Hunger Over Weekends And Holidays

RALEIGH, N.C. – Bayer CropScience, one of the world’s top innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits, has announced that it has made another three-year commitment to supporting the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina’s BackPack Program. The mission of the BackPack Program is to help the Food Bank meet the nutritional needs of children at risk of hunger during non-school hours over weekends and holidays. The program provides these children with backpacks of nutritional food that they can eat during non-school hours.

Bayer CropScience is a founding sponsor of the BackPack Program, which was started in 2006, and in addition to its financial contributions, its employees have contributed time and energy to the program by filling backpacks with foods. Through the Bayer Foundation, Bayer CropScience recently announced an additional three-year commitment to the program which involves a financial contribution of more than $180,000 between 2011 and 2013. As a result of Bayer Crop Science’s efforts, an average of 550 children in Durham, Orange, Wake and Johnston counties receive a backpack on a regular basis each year.

Bayer CropScience employees also participate in an annual companywide food drive, which pits different parts of the Bayer CropScience building against each other in a friendly competition. In 2011, Bayer CropScience employees gathered 2,453 pounds of food.

Additionally, Bayer CropScience is a sponsor of the 2011 Heart of Carolina Food Drive. The goal of this food drive is to collect more than 5 million pounds of food. Donations can be made using a Heart of Carolina grocery bag, which will be inserted in local newspapers, and can be dropped off at any local participating Kroger store or food bank branch. 

For more information about Bayer CropScience and its efforts with the Food Bank, listen to this podcast with Earline Middleton, vice president of agency services and programs with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina: http://www.bayercropscience.us/our-commitment/media-gallery#/AUDIO/20.

QUOTES:
“At Bayer, our role is to provide innovative technology and solutions to growers so that they can provide safe and nutritious food, so partnering with the Food Bank on programs like the BackPack program is a perfect match for us,” said Jim Blome, President/CEO Bayer CropScience North America. “With nearly 108,000 children at risk for hunger in the Triangle area, there is an incredible need for this type of program in our community. We are committed to continuing our efforts with the Food Bank to ensure that all children have the nutritious food that they need.”

“The Food Bank is grateful to Bayer CropScience for their continued support of our work, particularly the BackPack Program, which helps ensure children have food resources on that are sorely needed on the weekend,” said Emily Barbour, vice president of development for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

NEW MEDIA CONTENT:
Podcast link for iPhone users: http://www.bayercropscience.us/our-commitment/Media/AUDIO/01BayerFoodBankPodcast.mp3

My Carolina Today interview with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina about Bayer CropScience:
http://www.mycarolinatoday.com/2011/02/food-bank-bayer/

Bayer CropScience on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/bayer4cropsus

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoodBankCENC

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FoodBankCENC

ABOUT BAYER CROPSCIENCE:
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 6.830 billion (2010), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 20,700 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: http://www.press.bayercropscience.com.

ABOUT THE BAYER USA FOUNDATION:
The Bayer USA Foundation is an endowed 501(c)(3) entity and is the primary source of Bayer Corporation’s philanthropy in the United States. With a programmatic focus on the environment and sustainability; education and workforce development; arts and culture; and health and human services, the foundation creates and supports organizations that improve communities in which Bayer employees live and work, as well as society at large. The Bayer USA Foundation is one of three corporate Bayer foundations worldwide, including the Bayer Science & Education Foundation and the Bayer Cares Foundation.

ABOUT BAYER CROPSCIENCE BACKPACK PROGRAM:
The BackPack Program is intended to meet the nutritional needs of children during non-school hours, specifically weekends. The goal of the program is to provide children, who are at risk of hunger, access to nutritious, non-perishable meal components to meet their weekend nutritional needs. Through the program, once each week, children are given special backpacks that are filled with non-perishable food that can be used over the weekend, and then the bags are returned Monday and the process repeated. The Bayer CropScience BackPack Program is in its sixth year, and according to a survey conducted by the Food Bank, the program is fulfilling a great need. When children are hungry, it is difficult to focus on learning. Of the school principals responding to the survey, 86.1 percent agreed that the program has had a positive impact on the academic performance of students participating in the program. 

ABOUT THE FOOD BANK OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA:
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for 30 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines) and Wilmington. In fiscal year 2010-2011, the Food Bank distributed more than 42.75 million pounds of food and non-food essentials through these agencies. Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, more than 500,000 struggle each day to provide enough food for their families. For more information about the Food Bank, visit http://www.foodbankcenc.org.

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Beth Roden
Bayer CropScience
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