The AGCO Agriculture Foundation (AAF), a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of agricultural equipment is expanding its COVID-19 Aid Program to support four non-profit organizations in North America
AGCO’s commitment to the COVID-19 aid program continues, with $500,000 in funding for non-profit organizations since its launch last month.
The amount of funding in North America is $78,300 and the funds will be used in the communities where AGCO customers, retailers, suppliers, and employees live and work.
“The AGCO Agriculture Foundation is committed to having a long-term impact in our vulnerable communities, as the presence of COVID-19 requires continued support,”
said Metti Richenhagen, CEO of the AGCO Agriculture Foundation.
AGCO’s support for the project is very consistent with the objectives of the company, which is committed to ending hunger through sustainable agricultural development. AGCO firmly believes that the agriculture industry is essential and highly helpful in maintaining access to food throughout the COVID-19 pandemic fight, as proudly Bob Crain, Senior Vice President and General Manager of AGCO North America, remembers to the audience.
“We are proud to provide local funding to support local resources and initiatives to help people in North America who are affected by the pandemic and economic uncertainty.”
Each non-profit organization will utilize the donation differently to provide the greatest impacts on their communities. The recipients include:
- Feeding America
Feeding America responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with a national food- and fund-raising effort to support people facing hunger and the food banks that help them. Feeding America has also partnered with school districts and local government agencies to ensure the 22 million children who rely on school meals have access to food outside the classroom. The AAF will provide Feeding America with $52,200 across six locations. www.feedingamerica.org.
- Flint River Fresh
Flint River Fresh launched a Produce Box pilot program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Albany, GA residents will receive a hot meal purchased from a locally owned restaurant and a box of fresh, healthy produce, sourced directly from Flint River Fresh community sites in Albany and emphasizing Georgia Grown for supplemental produce. The AAF will provide Flint River Fresh with $8,700. www.flintriverfresh.org.
- Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation
Kane County, IL farmers have proven farming is essentially a humanitarian enterprise through the Foundation’s Harvest for ALL hunger relief effort. The Food Forward program gets kids excited about the industry and teaching them how their food is raised. The donation will also aid the Ag Literacy initiatives to educate the Kane County community at all levels on food, nutrition, and the latest technology in agriculture. The AAF will provide Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation with $8,700. www.kanecountyfarmbureau.com.
- Peoria Area Food Bank
Peoria Area Food Bank provides 80 pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters in Illinois with large quantities of food from name-brand manufacturers and USDA commodities on a daily basis. They also operate two mobile food pantries in Mason County and assist eight pantries that provide backpacks to hundreds of children on the weekend. The backpacks are dispersed to qualifying children on Friday afternoon by various schools. The AAF will provide Peoria Area Food Bank with $8,700. www.peoriafoodbank.org.
About the AGCO Agriculture Foundation (AAF)
The AGCO Agriculture Foundation (AAF), initiated by AGCO Corporation (NYSE: AGCO) in 2018, is a private foundation with the vision to prevent and relieve hunger. The foundation initiates impactful programs that support food security, foster sustainable agricultural development, and build needed agricultural infrastructure in marginalized farming communities.