WALNUT — Bureau County Ag in the Classroom and Manlius Community Ambulance Service will now be able to better serve the community thanks to the support of local farmer, Alan Dale and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.
Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Co., Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.
Bureau County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Dale the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. Dale selected the Bureau County Ag in the Classroom and Manlius Community Ambulance Service. Bureau County Ag in the Classroom will use the money toward the Ag in the Classroom program. The program allows Farm Bureau volunteers and an ag literacy coordinator to share informational lessons with students and consumers about where their food and fiber comes from.
Manlius Community Ambulance Service will use the donation to purchase a new Stryker stair chair, which will help the EMS personnel bring patients down stairs with better mobility. Additionally, the money will be used for training and the purchase of supplies.
“I chose to give the money to the Ag in the Classroom because I have long supported the program, and I think it is important to connect with the kids who are our future consumers,” Dale said. “I chose the ambulance service because they volunteer all their time, and this is one way we can help the volunteers.”
This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest nearly $6 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties impacted by the historic drought.
In Illinois, $480,000 is being given across 96 counties.