On Thursday, Elanco announced its third community in the Hebei province of China, where more than 20 million families live on less than US $1 a day. Emerging economies like China aren’t able to deliver the animal protein demands of their consumers. China has a goal of tripling the daily milk intake of their citizens, which will still be less than half of an American’s daily intake. Elanco and Heifer will deliver the gifts of livestock and training to 800 families.
Elanco employees have also been inspired by the hunger cause, donating approximately $200,000 (including a Lilly Foundation match for U.S. employees) to Heifer International from their own pockets in just two years.
“As the #1 food animal productivity company globally, our hunger cause complements the work our products do to help farmers deliver a safe, affordable, abundant food supply,” Simmons said. “We believe efficiency-enhancing technology in food production is one of the most important ingredients to feeding a growing global population. As companies and citizens, we have a moral obligation to help meet this need.”
At the local level, Elanco is helping form the Childhood Hunger Initiative, including donating a full-time senior staff person to help coordinate the effort. The initiative includes creating greater awareness for a summer feeding program and expanding a weekend food backsack program.
To join the dialogue about how to sustainably feed a growing global population, visit www.plentytothinkabout.org. A copy of Jeff Simmons’ white paper, “Making Safe, Affordable, Abundant Food a Global Reality” is also available on the site.
Source: Elanco Animal Health