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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
All Faiths Food Bank in
Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee and
Our Daily Bread in
Agape Food Bank and
Cutting Edge Ministries in
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 FloridaPatel 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