US feed industry donates $6 million to support local communities

Donations, volunteer hours go towards hunger organizations, disaster relief efforts

The U.S. feed industry donated $6 million toward local community efforts in 2011–2012, according to a survey conducted by the American Feed Industry Association.

The industry was also physically active, volunteering 23,700 man hours toward various causes. According to survey results, AFIA members most frequently invest in community development activities or charitable giving toward education (schools, scholarships and research grants), FFH/4H, health related organizations, local fire/police precincts and environmental clean-up projects. “The results of the survey show that the U.S. feed industry takes pride not only in the production of healthy, wholesome meat, milk, fish, eggs and pets, but also in supporting local communities and pulling together in times when the country is in need,” said Joel G. Newman, AFIA president and CEO.

Donations and volunteer hours toward hunger and disaster relief organizations/efforts such as the American Red Cross, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and Haiti, Missouri and Sandy natural disaster relief efforts also ranked highly, as did volunteering, fundraising and cash donations supporting these initiatives, according to the survey.