COLFAX, Ill. — Patrons of a local food pantry are benefiting
from collaboration between a McLean County farmer and an agriculture company’s
Bob Lasser of McLean directed $2,500 to the Colfax Food
Pantry through America’s Farmers Grow Communities.
With the donation, the food bank plans to supplement what it
receives from the Midwest Food Bank with additional meat, vegetables, paper
goods and personal items.
Lasser chose to give to the Colfax Food Pantry, run through
the Immanuel Lutheran Church, to give back to his community.
“We go to a church out here in the country — small to medium
church — and everybody in that church helps everybody else,” he said.
“My wife does quilting, and they have made 90 quilts to give
to the needy (through church). We have people in need. There was a party in town
that was handicapped, and some of the men from the church built this lady a ramp
and changed her bathroom around to use with a wheelchair.
“It’s just touching. If they can do that, I can do
something, too, and I thought of the food pantry.”
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
America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with
farmers to support nonprofit organizations doing important work in rural
The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which
then is 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 such as 4-H and FFA.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010 and has
since donated more than $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 farmers make every day to society.
For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more
program information, visit growcommunities.com.