American Red Cross now accepting grain donations

American Red Cross now accepting grain donations

The American Red Cross has created the Gift of Grain program to partner with Iowa growers interested in donating grain to the organization.

Monday, August 25, 2014 — The American Red Cross (ARC) is now accepting grain donations in Iowa as a gift through the newly formed program, Gift of Grain. The program’s goal is to better support local communities through the fulfillment of the American Red Cross mission, preventing human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. 

The American Red Cross is very aware of the importance of grain in Iowa’s economy and that Iowa farmers can potentially donate grain (any type of grain is accepted) when they might not be capable of donating money. The ARC has established accounts with grain elevators, cooperatives, and ethanol plants across the state and is currently registered with nearly 600 facilities. These facilities have agreed to facilitate a gift allocation to the Red Cross. The Red Cross will immediately sell the grain on the day of the donation and will not be storing or trading grain.

Please see the attached flyer for more information about how to donate grain to the Gifts of Grain program.

The American Red Cross was chartered by congress under the Geneva Conventions to provide certain services to the American public: disaster response and services to the Armed Forces.  They also provide health and safety services such as first aid training and baby-sitting providers, and is the largest provider of blood and blood products in the nation.  The Red Cross is part of the larger Red Cross society and when summoned, they support international disaster response when summoned by the Red Cross Society.

Donations prior to emergencies are crucial to the American Red Cross; multiple studies have found that approximately $4 in disaster response and recovery costs could be saved for every $1.00 invested in disaster risk-reduction prior to disasters. The American Red Cross is also very efficient with donor contributions, and 0.91 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to client support. 

 

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Bryce Sitter Gift of Grain Coordinator