The Mosaic Company Hosts Hunger Relief Forum Featuring National Geographic
Photographer and Local Panel of Experts
Donates $120,000 to Central Florida Food Banks
TAMPA, Fla., July 26, 2013
TAMPA, Fla., July 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --To support local community efforts
to combat the devastating impacts of food insecurity, The Mosaic Company
(NYSE: MOS) today hosted a hunger relief forum and donated $120,000 to 12
local food banks to help the one-in-six people in Central Florida who don't
know where they will get their next meal.
The community forum, attended by hundreds of local leaders at the Florida
State Fairgrounds, featured a compelling presentation by National Geographic
Magazine photographer John Stanmeyer, who shared his stunning photographs and
perspective on the global food crisis. Hosted by Gary N. "Bo" Davis, Mosaic's
senior vice president of phosphate operations, the forum also included a panel
discussion with local experts.
"Sustaining our food supply literally starts from the ground up," said Davis.
"It's a collaborative effort that requires engagement from mine to market. The
experiences we've shared with the organizations serving the front lines of
this issue remind us every day how important our work is to finding
sustainable solutions for this very real and growing problem at home and
around the globe as the world gains 75 million new people each year."
At the event, Mosaic recognized 12 local nonprofit organizations that are
supporting hunger relief in Central Florida by granting each a $10,000
donation. The organizations included Feeding America Tampa Bay and Meals on
Wheels of Tampa, the Florida Association of Food Banks and the Harry Chapin
Food Bank in Fort Myers, the Hardee Help Center in Wauchula, ECHO in Brandon,
All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee and Our
Daily Bread in Bradenton, Agape Food Bank and VISTE in Lakeland, and Cutting
Edge Ministries in Zolfo Springs.
With Stanmeyer's presentation providing human context for the issue on a
global scale, the panel discussion addressed the implications of food
insecurity in Central Florida. Panel members included: Thomas Mantz,
executive director of Feeding America Tampa Bay; Patrizia La Trecchia, Ph.D.,
associate professor at University of South Florida Patel College of Global
Sustainability; Rebecca Brislain, executive director for the Florida
Association of Food Banks; and Neil Beckingham, sustainability manager for
Mosaic. Tampa's WFLA News Channel 8 anchor Keith Cate moderated the event.
"Because food is so often taken for granted here, hunger is an unfathomable
condition," said Mantz. "It's truly through the support of partners like
Mosaic and social ambassadors like John Stanmeyer that we are able to raise
awareness and talk about community-driven and global solutions."
Mosaic's mission is to help the world grow the food it needs. The phosphate
mined locally in Florida provides a critical function in sustaining North
American and global farming and food production. Mosaic helps farmers grow
more food on less land by increasing crop yields through responsible and
scientific application of phosphate and potash-based crop nutrients.
By uniting community leaders and organizations throughout Central Florida,
Mosaic hopes to ignite local community dialogue about food security and the
valuable roles various organizations, companies, educators and industries can
play in providing solutions to support hunger relief efforts and create a
sustainable food supply.
About The Mosaic Company:
The Mosaic Company is one of the world's leading producers and marketers of
concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. Mosaic is a single source
provider of phosphate and potash fertilizers and feed ingredients for the
global agriculture industry. More information on the company is available at
SOURCE The Mosaic Company
Contact: Martha Monfried, The Mosaic Company, 813-500-6690,
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