Farmer Jonathan Lawler knows he can’t fill the stomach of every hungry American, but he’s doing his best to end hunger in his community.
“My son came home from school this last fall and talked about a friend who had to take food from a food pantry,” says Lawler, who farms in Greenfield, Ind. “If you were to drive to his school from here, you would do nothing but pass farms. And there is a kid that’s hungry there. That made no sense to me.”
He took action, turning his produce and livestock farm into a nonprofit in 2014. The operation, Brandywine Creek Farms, now grows and donates a half-million pounds of fruit, vegetables, beef and pork to central Indiana food pantries that help the hungry.
According to Feeding America, 48.1 million people, including 15.3 million children, qualified as food-insecure in 2014, which means they didn’t have reliable access to healthy food they could afford.
Click to watch the USA Today "Humankind" video of Lawler here.
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