Here at MORE, we depend on a great many contributions of food, clothing, cash and services in order to succeed. The cash comes in many sizes and all is welcomed. The following is one of those contributions that I would like to share. Recently, MORE received a $2500 donation with a bit of a story to tell. Marty Wilcox was selected as the winner in McHenry County for America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Under this program, eligible farmers in 1,289 counties across 39 states, including Illinois, could enter to win a $2500 donation for a local nonprofit of their choice. Marty won and chose to direct this money to MORE. The purpose of Grow Communities is to recognize and celebrate the important contributions farmers make to rural America, and to help them grow their communities by supporting local organizations that are important to them. More than 83,000 farmers across the country participated in the program this year, with a winning farmer selected in each county. Marty Wilcox presented the check to MORE and Jan Perkins at the February Board of Directors meeting, along with Steve Bingham, a representative from Monsanto. We are grateful for the generosity of Marty and Monsanto.

We are again appreciative of the Boys Scouts for their community “Scouting For Food” food drive. Their efficiency of reaching out to all the corners of Marengo and Union is amazing. Be sure to thank Diane Phillips for her leadership and to all the parents and scouts in sharing their time and efforts to help the less fortunate. And, once again, we wish to thank all in the community helping to support us.

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