Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bayer CropScience Supports The Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen

Crop Science Company Employees Support Local Nonprofit With Volunteer Days And $7,500 Annual Donation

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, 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 the company recently participated in a service and educational event for The Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen. The event, which involved providing a meal and winter clothing to Triangle men and women in need, was part of Bayer CropScience’s holiday outreach efforts. The Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen, located at the Church of the Good Shepherd in downtown Raleigh, serves meals to hundreds of Triangle residents each day.

On Tuesday, Dec. 13, Bayer CropScience employees filled more than 375 gift bags with necessary winter items, including ponchos, umbrellas, gloves, water, snacks and more for delivery to the soup kitchen. The next day, the gift bags were distributed to area residents in need at The Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen during a lunchtime meal, also prepared and served by Bayer CropScience employees. In addition to volunteering with The Shepherd’s Table, Bayer CropScience also makes a $7,500 annual donation to the organization through the Bayer USA Foundation.

For more information about The Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen, visit www.shepherds-table.org.

QUOTES:
“Bayer CropScience actively seeks to educate citizens on the importance of healthy living, nutrition, and how advances in crop science and technology make these things possible,” said Dr. Jack Boyne, director of communications for Bayer CropScience and member of the board of directors for The Shepherd’s Table. “Our employees seek to serve The Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen due to their passion for ensuring the health of the world’s food supply, as well as their strong belief in the mission of The Shepherd’s Table. Providing meals to people in need is one small way to accomplish both during this holiday season.”

“We are grateful for Bayer CropScience’s support of our efforts to provide food this holiday season to those who need it most,” said Tamara Gregory, executive director of The Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen. “The gift bags are also much appreciated, and we want to extend a special thanks to all of their employees who made this possible.”

DETAILS:
- Bayer CropScience staff participates in four workdays at The Shepherd’s Table each year.

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: 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 THE SHEPHERD’S TABLE SOUP KITCHEN
On its first operational day in June 1980, The Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen volunteers served 27 hungry people. Today, the organization regularly serves meals to more than 300 people each day, Monday through Friday. The kitchen feeds men, women, and children of every faith and every ethnic group, no questions asked. It takes 200 volunteers and about 125,000 pounds of food each year to feed the hungry at The Shepherd’s Table. For more information regarding the Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen, visit www.shepherds-table.org/leadership.htm

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Beth Roden
Bayer CropScience
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beth.roden@bayercropscience.com
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