Jerry Zimmerman of Glyndon has been selected as a winner in the America's Farmers Grow Communities program, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations.
The Monsanto Fund sponsors the program, and winning farmers designate a local nonprofit organization to benefit from the donations. Zimmerman has designated the Dorothy Day Food Pantry, located in Moorhead to receive the donation.
"We wanted to give the donation to a food pantry that allows people to choose their own food, which is what the Dorothy Day Food Pantry does," Zimmerman said. "The food pantry also takes clothing and furniture, so we know the money will go to good use."
Sonja Ellner, executive director of the Dorothy Day Food Pantry, said the donation will help fill shelves in the summertime when donations usually taper off.
In more than 1,200 eligible counties, farmers can win $2,500 for their favorite community non-profit. The Monsanto Fund expects to invest more than $3 million in local communities. The program originated with two pilot programs. The first pilot included 179 counties in Iowa, Missouri and Arkansas. The second pilot was expanded to include 298 counties in California, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and South Dakota. In total, more than $172,500 has been donated to nonprofits in Minnesota.
The America's Farmers Grow Communities program is part of a broad commitment by Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society by helping them grow their local communities. To date, more than 60,000 farmers participated in the program.