Thurston County farmer Lisa Albrecht has won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to the Emerson-Hubbard Food Pantry.
The E-H Food Pantry will use the funds to purchase food for its monthly food distribution, where 25-30 boxes of food are given out to area families. The funds will also purchase food for the weekend backpack program that serves approximately 20 families during the school year.
“A huge thank you to Lisa Albrecht for choosing the E-H Food Pantry! These funds will mean that our monthly distributions can continue with full boxes of food for all those who need them,” said Joyce Sebade, Emerson-Hubbard Food Pantry chairperson.
“We will also have the funds to start our backpack program out in the fall when school starts.”
The Grow Communities program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them in their communities.
Each year, farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit.
Since the program began in 2010, farmers have directed more than $26 million in donations across a broad cross section of organizations that reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others.
“Farmers have directed funds to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America since Grow Communities began,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “Farmers are truly committed to this program because they see the difference the donation makes in their community.”
For more information or to see a complete list of the 2017 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipients, visit growcommunities.com.