American Feed Industry Association member company employees donated a collective 92,000 hours of their time to supporting community service projects in 2017—a 124% increase from 2016. AFIA member companies, including company-employee matches, also donated over $44 million to an expansive list of community causes.
AFIA members identified a number of charities involved in education, civil service, agriculture, health and collegiate grants/research as key causes they supported. Contributions, at a glance:
- 89% of respondents donated to hunger relief charities,
- 81% to education programs, and
- 82% to university research, grants and graduate schools.
In total, AFIA members donated to more than 200 charities in 2017, including the American Heart Association, local agricultural and youth associations, the Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters and United Way.
“Our members really came together last year in a big way, giving back to many of the agricultural communities impacted by the hurricanes and other natural disasters as well as supporting agricultural education programs in schools,” said AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman. “We are proud to see our members donating their time and resources to building stronger communities.”
Each year, the AFIA conducts an informal poll, tallies community service hours and funds donated by participating companies. A higher number of respondents to the 2017 survey contributed to the jump in reported hours and dollars donated. All AFIA member companies are invited to participate, but the statistics are not reflective of all AFIA members. This year’s results only include data from 2017.