Dr. Willard's® Encourages South Dakotans To Donate Surplus Garden Produce To Local Food Banks

More Than Six Billion Pounds of Fruit and Vegetables Are Wasted Every Year While One Out of Every Five Children Goes Hungry

Aug 03, 2015, 11:00 ET from CAW Industries Inc.

RAPID CITY, S.D., Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CAW Industries, Inc., the parent company and manufacturer of PlantCatalyst® and all Dr. Willard's® brand products, today reminded residents of Rapid City, and all South Dakotans, to donate surplus garden produce to food banks such as Feeding South Dakota rather than let that extra produce spoil or throw it away.  Studies indicate that Americans throw away forty percent of their food and Feeding America, parent company of Feeding South Dakota, indicates that more than 6 billion pounds of fruits and vegetables go unharvested or unsold every year.    

"One out of every five of South Dakota's children is at risk of going hungry and this is an easy way for South Dakotans to lend a hand to those in need," said John Willard, III, president and CEO of CAW Industries and Dr. Willard's® brands. "I know that many of us who have gardens will grow too much of one thing or another, whether it's too many cucumbers or too many tomatoes or whatever, and will not be able to use all of them. Rather than let that excess produce remain in the garden and spoil, or simply throw it away, I strongly encourage my fellow South Dakotans to take the extra time necessary to donate extra produce to a food bank or shelter. Produce tends to be the most expensive for them to purchase and therefore is often in short supply, so they really need everything they can get." 

Some sobering statistics from Feeding South Dakota about hunger in our home state include:

  • 14.6% of South Dakotans live at or below the poverty line.
  • One out of every 8 South Dakotans is food insecure while 1 out of every 5 children in South Dakota is at risk of going hungry.
  • Three counties in South Dakota are the poorest in the United States and a total of four South Dakota counties are among the top ten in the Unites States for high poverty rates.
  • Nearly 40% of South Dakota's school-aged children qualify for free and reduced meals.
  • 19.2% of South Dakotans over the age of 50 live below the poverty line.

"Many of these statistics are sadly mind-blowing and I hope the extra attention we generate will help alleviate these problems," Willard continued. "We VERY strongly encourage everyone to take the time necessary to donate whatever they can as we will be doing the same with our Dr. Willard's® research garden." 

To donate extra produce, or any food items, simply take them to a local food shelter or pantry in your town. For those living in Rapid City, Sioux Falls, or Pierre, Feeding South Dakota warehouse locations are:

Rapid City, 1111 North Creek Drive, 348-2689
Sioux Falls, 3511 N. 1st Avenue, 335-0364
Pierre, 2900 Airport Road, 494-3663   

About Dr. Willard's® PlantCatalyst®
One of many Dr. Willard's® products, PlantCatalyst® was developed using a variation of the patented catalyst invented by Dr. John W. Willard (PhD, Purdue University) fifty years ago.  PlantCatalyst® is a nutrient absorption enhancer that is designed to be added to the water supply as an augmentation to an existing fertilizer or nutrient regimen. PlantCatalyst® has been tested on more than 100,000 plants worldwide and results show adding PlantCatalyst® to your nutrient regimen will stimulate plant growth and yield, reduce growing timelines, and increase germination rates. Information on all Dr. Willard's® products can be found on our website at www.drwillard.com.

About CAW Industries, Inc.
Founded by Dr. John W. Willard Sr. in 1973, CAW Industries is the only manufacturer of Dr. Willard's® patented Dr. Willard's® products. For more than 40 years CAW Industries has been an industry leader in the natural products industry and is one of the most trusted brands around the world. Thanks to a ground breaking 60 Minutes story and an exhaustive hearing before the United States Congress, Dr. Willard's Willard Water® helped pave the way for the expansion and development of the U.S. natural products industry and the eventual passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994. Dr. Willard's sons and grandchildren have continued his tradition of excellence and have expanded the small South Dakota Company he created into an international corporation with sales around the globe.


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