Deadline for America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program is Nov. 30.
During the season of giving, Nebraska farmers can get into the holiday spirit by signing up to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations through America’s Farmer’s Grow CommunitiesSM, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. One farmer in each of Nebraska’s 76 participating counties will win. Those farmers can share their holiday cheer with food pantries, fire departments, students at local schools and others by signing up and designating an organization in their community.
Food pantries give food to the hungry all year round; though, the need for food can be magnified around the holidays.
“United Way of Western Nebraska serving Box Butte County is currently serving 19 agency partners, each of which make a positive impact on our communities right here in Box Butte County,” said Kathryn Worley, United Way of Western Nebraska director. “In turn, these organizations rely on United Way for our support, as most of them have a very small staff, and rely heavily on volunteers to help run things. We have a wonderful allocations board in place to make sure that all of our campaign pledges and donations are distributed accordingly.”
This year, the program has expanded to include a total of 1,245 counties. The addition of 41 new counties will result in an additional $102,500 in donations. In Nebraska, the Monsanto Fund will invest a total of $190,000 toward nonprofit organizations in rural communities.
Now through Nov. 30, farmers can apply online at www.growcommunities.com, or call 1-877-267-3332 to apply by phone. A $1 donation will be made to local United Way chapters for each farmer who signs up, to further enhance the investment in rural communities.
Farmers who meet program eligibility requirements may enter regardless of involvement with previous Grow Communities programs.
One winner will be selected at random from each of the 1,245 eligible counties, and the Monsanto Fund will announce winning farmers and recipient nonprofits in January 2012.
Perkins, Chase, Keith, and Lincoln are among the eligible counties in Nebraska.
Visit www.growcommunities.com to sign up and to learn more about America’s Farmers Grow Communities. This program is part of a broad commitment by Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities, in order to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society.