MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (Feb. 21, 2014) – Local farmers Ledru and Connie Freyenberger have directed a $2,500 donation to The Fellowship Cup. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the group fund its food pantry, which supports over 200 families on a weekly basis. Local families are welcome to receive canned goods, fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and baked goods through the pantry. In addition, the pantry offers educational programs to teach others about healthy meal preparation and how to shop on a budget.
Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.
“The Fellowship Cup is a great local program that really helps out people who need it,” Ledru Freyenberger said. “I’m glad I can use this donation to help feed the hungry in our area.”
America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like The Fellowship Cup, who are doing important work in their communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated over $13 million to more than 5,200 nonprofit organizations across the country. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the important contributions of farmers like Ledru and Connie Freyenberger.
For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit growcommunities.com.