BASF sacks hunger with Kansas State football team
MANHATTAN, KS, December 16, 2020 – BASF is donating $3,000 this weekend to the Kansas Food Bank through the Sack Hunger initiative. In total, the campaign has raised more than $18,000 in the last six years thanks to BASF and the hardworking Kansas State football team defensive line.
For the last six football seasons, every time the Kansas State defensive line sacked an opposing quarterback, BASF donated $100 directly to the Kansas Food Bank as part of the Sack Hunger initiative. In 2019, an estimated 215,000 people in the Kansas Food Bank’s service area turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families.
This year, the coronavirus pandemic has caused Kansans to miss paychecks, lose jobs and removed access to school meals; resulting in over a 30 percent increase in demand. The Kansas Food Bank, which has purchased over a million dollars more food from March to October than the same period last year, plays an important role in fulfilling this unprecedented need.
"BASF has become a great partner of the Kansas Food Bank," said Brian Walker, President and CEO of the Kansas Food Bank. "The Sack Hunger initiative is such a creative way to bring hunger relief and help us put missing meals on the table of our neighbors in need."
According to Feeding America, more than 50 million people, including 17 million children, may experience food insecurity in 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has caused a 60 percent increase in the number of people seeking help from food banks.
“We’re proud to partner with the Kansas State football team through the Sack Hunger program, especially in this time of critical need,” said Mike Hofer, BASF Director - U.S. Crop West Region. “Supporting our local community while rallying around the Wildcats has been a meaningful way to give back.”
While the football season may be over, hunger relief efforts are ongoing. To join us in supporting the Kansas Food Bank, please visit: http://www.kansasfoodbank.org/how-to-help/donate-money/.
About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division
With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and healthy environments. Working with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others, it is our role to help make this possible. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline and broad portfolio, including seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we connect innovative thinking and down-to-earth action to create real world ideas that work – for farmers, society and the planet. In 2019, our division generated sales of €7.8 billion. For more information, please visit www.agriculture.basf.com or any of our social media channels.
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 18,800 employees in North America and had sales of $18.4 billion in 2019. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.com/us.
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 117,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €59 billion in 2019. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.
About the Kansas Food Bank
The Kansas Food Bank collects and distributes donated and low-cost nutritious food to more than 700 hunger relief partners in its 85-county service area. Last year more than 14 million meals were provided, helping to feed food insecure Kansans. Hunger-relief partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, the Food4Kids backpack program, and senior box programs. In addition, the Food Bank takes a leadership role in identifying and addressing hunger needs affecting Kansans. For more information, visit http://www.kansasfoodbank.org/