A van-load of corn flakes cereal was donated to a Wisconsin food pantry this week by the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association (WCGA) in recognition of the state's annual "Food Check-Out Week."
WCGA donated 132 boxes of corn flakes – representing one box for each member of the state legislature – to the Dodge County Food Pantry in Beaver Dam.
"We are very proud of the fact that this nation's corn growers are the most productive in the world but we also want consumers to realize that farmers are suffering financially today," says Cal Dalton, Pardeeville corn grower and WCGA member. "While that car-load of cereal cost us more than $450 at the local Piggly Wiggly, it contains only about $5 worth of corn. Even more troubling is the fact that while the price we're paid for corn is half what it was a year ago, the price of cereal in the grocery store is actually higher than it was last year. Both corn producers and dairy farmers are operating below cost of production today and that is causing considerable stress on our state economy."
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that prices received by farmers are as low as two to three cents per item for products such as bread and cereal. On average only 19 cents of every dollar spent on food works its way back to the farm.