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      Leave it to America's farmers to help those who can't afford to put food on the table.

      Husker Harvest Days 2013 is in the books, but not before the Heartland United Way collected more than 10,000 pounds of food.

      The annual food drive sponsored by Monsanto got a boost from the next generation of farm leaders.

      Karen Rathke of the United Way said, "The majority of our donations come from FFA chapters across the state and some 4-H groups and we are grateful for their tremendous support. Chambers is leading with 540 pounds they collected, East Butler was around 540."

      For every pound raised, Monsanto will contribute a dollar to the local United Way in Grand Island.

      Rathke said that will amount to $10,000 to help Grand Island shelters and the food pantry buy meat, eggs, milk, and cheese.

      In addition, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation will donate $10,000 to Feeding America in honor of the food drive reaching its goal.

      Rathke said they surpassed the 10,000 pound mark around noon on Thursday, and were still adding to the total throughout the afternoon.

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