If, like me, you thought Heifer International was focused just on the hungry and poor in other countries, then, like me, you would be wrong.
When Perry Jones took over as the director of U.S. Country Programs two years ago, Heifer International had 108 projects in 34 states. Jones said Heifer International, originally known as Heifers for Relief when it was started in 1944, has always had projects in the U.S.
Seeds of Change
Heifer recently kicked off a new $13.5 million program called "Seeds of Change" that will directly benefit the hungry and poor in central Appalachia and Arkansas. Perry said the program is designed to create jobs, improve health, and steward the environment through the use of locally produced food.
"We want to use local food and sustainable agriculture as an economic engine in persistent poverty regions," Jones said. "We do this in persistent poverty areas with limited access to land."