Local farmer supports Macoupin County through America’s Farmers
Macoupin County 4-H and Macoupin Military Support Group will now be able to better serve the community thanks to the support of local farmer, Betsy Meisenheimer, and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.
Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, 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 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to the drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.
Macoupin County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Meisenheimer the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. She selected the Macoupin County 4-H and Macoupin Military Support Group. Macoupin County 4-H will use the grant to fund its robotics and aerospace programs. With the purchase of Lego robotics kits, youth will learn how to build and program a robot to interact with its environment. Also, students will design, build and launch a rocket.
Macoupin Military Support Group sends care packages to local soldiers monthly. Part of the grant will be used to buy supplies for boxes, as well as pay the postage. Also, the organization has a sewing group that makes items for the care packages and for veterans in retirement homes. The remaining funds will be used to purchase sewing supplies.
“I chose to give the donation to the 4-H because my children and I were involved in 4-H, and I think it is a wonderful and worthwhile program,” Meisenheimer said. “Also, I chose to give the drought donation to the military support group because it is important to support the men and women serving our country overseas.”
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.