South Dakotans Give Over $11,000 to Feeding America Buffett Challenge

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Farmers Union members from across the country have given over $55,000 to Feeding America, a nonprofit hunger relief organization, $50,000 of which will be matched by farmer and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett. South Dakota and its Farmers Union members contributed over $11,200 to the effort. 138 individuals across South Dakota donated to the challenge.

The check was presented to Feeding America during the National Farmers Union's 110th anniversary convention held in the Omaha suburb of La Vista, Neb., March 4.

In 2011, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation gave National Farmers Union the $50,000 challenge, and Farmers Union members from across the country gave from their heart to help the hungry in our country.

"Hunger is our number one enemy," said Howard G. Buffett during the check presentation ceremony. "We're losing the battle. We should be ashamed of that. That's challenging our country's soul. We tell people we feed the world but we're not feeding our own country."

Howard Buffett is the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, the elder Buffett's famed investment company. Howard is also a farm who owns a family farm in Illinois and one in Nebraska his son operates. He also has two research farms: One in South Africa and another in Illinois.

After the check presentation, Buffett offered another challenge and said he would match the next $50,000 that Farmers Union was able to raise over the next year.

National Farmers Union also presented Howard Buffett with the organization's Meritorious Service to Humanity Award for his work to end hunger in America.

"Our country exports more corn and wheat than anyone in the world. But 50 million people are still food insecure. Families are making choices and some choices mean their kids don't eat," Buffett said. "Hunger in this country is behind closed doors. We all need to address hunger any way we can."

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