World Soy Foundation’s Acre Challenge campaign nearing $100K goal thanks to top supporting states
St. Louis, Mo. — The World Soy Foundation (WSF), the philanthropic arm of the American Soybean Association, has never before surpassed the goal of $100,000 raised through their Acre Challenge campaign. But, this year, in just nine months, they have raised over 85 percent of their goal. The top supporting states of this spring have helped give the campaign an extra boost and the WSF is looking to carry that momentum right past the 100K mark in the final three months.
The Acre Challenge, a fundraising campaign started by farmers for farmers, is a way U.S. soybean farmers can help alleviate hunger and malnutrition around the world by donating the value of an acre of soybeans. The campaign begins Oct. 1 and runs for a full year. Just one acre of soybeans can make a life-changing difference. Did you know that one acre of soybeans, when converted into soybean oil and soy flour, provides enough high-quality fat and protein to meet the daily requirements for a balanced diet for 80 people for over a month?
Since March, over 160 donors accepted the Challenge and have donated the value of an acre to the WSF—this puts the total number of donors for the year at nearly 450 individuals from 30 states. The World Soy foundation has high hopes of surpassing this year’s goal to help further their mission and would like to thank each individual donor and recognize the top three supporting states for their extraordinary efforts in helping us get closer to that goal.
As of July 2, Iowa was in first place! Iowa soybean farmers have continued to show their support, with 60 donors giving nearly $16,000! Randy Van Kooten, a current WSF Board Member and former President of the Iowa Soybean Association, says this about the WSF: “I got involved with the WSF because I know the role soy can play in providing nourishment. Helping others makes you feel good about your profession and being a soybean farmer.”
Coming in second for top Acre Challenge supporters are the farmers of Illinois, raising nearly $13,450 from 49 individual donors, followed by Missouri with 12 donors giving just over $7,630 by July 2. These top three states understand the value of their soybean crop and continue to help the Foundation be part of the solution to reduce global malnutrition through the power of soy!
The Acre Challenge isn’t finished yet. With three months left in the fiscal year, the WSF is working hard to reach their goal of $100,000 by the end of September! To help them reach their goal, and help your state compete for the #1 spot, simply calculate the value of an acre of soybeans in your operation (yield multiplied by price) and give the gift of protein today!
Make your donation by visiting the WSF website or sending your check to: World Soy Foundation; 12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100; St. Louis, MO 63141.