Grayson County Schools has received a $2,500 donation from America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and directed by local farmer Tim Purcell, of Caneyville.
The donation will help the district renovate a retired school bus to bring healthy summer meals to students at satellite locations throughout the county.
According to Food Services Director Kristy Hodges, the district’s near 80 percent free and reduced rate shows a strong need to continue providing healthy meals to students even when school is not in session.
“We are excited to have these extra resources as we roll out ‘The Meals on the Bus,’” Hodges said, adding that the district will use locally sourced foods when available, such as fresh strawberries from VanMeter Family Farm.
Purcell knows firsthand the current challenges of school funding; his wife, Carla, is the district’s Instructional Supervisor.
“Our family has experienced just how much these extras can mean to a child,” he said. “I’m very happy that Grayson County students will benefit from this award.”
“This has been a year for us to ‘dream, dare, and do,’ and this funding will allow us to bring one of those dreams to reality this summer,” said Superintendent Doug Robinson. “We are very grateful to Tim and to the Monsanto Fund.”
For six years, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over $22 million to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America. Winning farmers will direct donations to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase lifesaving fire and EMS equipment, support ag youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources, and so much more.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities partners with farmers to support local nonprofit causes that positively impact farming communities across rural America. Grow Communities is one program in the America’s Farmers community outreach effort, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Other programs include America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, which encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture and provides $1,500 college scholarships to high school and college students pursuing ag-related degrees and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, which works with farmers to nominate rural school districts to compete for $10,000 and $25,000 math and science grants. Visit www.AmericasFarmers.com to learn more.