The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program seeks FARMERS TO HELP award MORE THAN $3 million to rural non-profits in 2018!
- Now through – Nov. 1, farmers can enroll in the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a local eligible nonprofit organization.
- Since 2010, the Grow Communities program has given more than $2 million to nonprofits in Iowa.
- This year, all farmers in Iowa are eligible to enroll in the Grow Communities program.
Nonprofit organizations help rural communities thrive, and farmers across the U.S. have an opportunity to help these organizations. Through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, farmers can enroll for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a local eligible nonprofit organization.
New this year, all farmers are now eligible to enroll in the program, if they meet the requirement of being 21 years old and actively engaged in farming at least 250 acres or more. The Grow Communities program will award more than $3 million to nonprofits in rural America in 2018.
These funds are used to provide support to a variety of rural nonprofit organizations that reflect the makeup and character of their local communities, including food banks, emergency response organizations, youth agriculture programs and many others. Since the program began in 2010, the Grow Communities program has awarded more than $26 million in donations.
Gary and Kay Swenson, 2017 winning farmers from Iowa directed the donation to Okoboji Elementary School. The school will use the funds to support at-risk students through summer programming and to provide supplemental nutrition over the summer months. The at-risk summer program typically serves forty-five elementary students and focuses on group time, social skills, community engagement and summer activities. The funding also helped to support the Backpack meals program. Meals were delivered twice weekly to the home at-risk students.
“The funding is pivotal as it allows us increased flexibility,” said Teresa Goehring, Behavioral Skills Program Educator or Okoboji Elementary School. “This grant helped us get the word out about our program and created additional support from other community members. The contribution allowed us to reach more students, which is the ultimate goal. We appreciate the Swenson family and the Monsanto Fund for supporting our program. Students can be very successful when appropriate programs and supports are in place for them.”
Through the years, we have seen this program impact countless local communities, and we are proud to partner with farmers on this initiative to continue supporting nonprofit organizations important to them,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “Because of farmers’ commitment to the Grow Communities program, their donations have provided vital support to organizations that make a lasting impact in local communities throughout the U.S.”
Farmers can easily enroll in the Grow Communities program from now to Nov. 1, 2017. Online enrollment, as well as a complete list of program rules and eligibility information, can be found at www.GrowCommunities.com or by calling 1-877-267-3332 toll-free.