Minnesota farmers have an opportunity this fall to help solve a rising but little-known problem affecting rural communities throughout the state.
This year in rural Minnesota, families will miss 40 million meals.
Feeding America's "Invest an Acre" program turns farmers' contributions into meals for local families. Farmers can get involved in two ways: They can make a cash donation now or pledge to make a donation from this year's crop at harvest. Farmers do not need to make a final commitment until the crops are at the elevator.
The program is simple: Farmers are asked to visit HarvestToEndHungerMN.org and pledge the revenue from an acre, bushel or any amount of their 2014 crop to help fight hunger in their own communities.
The cluster of participating food banks includes Channel One Regional Food Bank in Rochester which helps to supply the Winona County foodshelves.....