Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette Grayson County Schools' Meals on the Bus looks to provide even more meals to county kids this year thanks to a recent $2,500 donation.

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

Grayson County Schools' Meals on the Bus looks to provide even more meals to county kids this year thanks to a recent $2,500 donation.

Grayson County Schools looks to serve even more local youths meals this summer through its Meals on the Bus program, thanks to a donation from the America's Farmers Grow Communities intitiative.

Caneyville farmer Jimmy Sipes recently directed a $2,500 donation to the Meals on the Bus program through America's Farmers Grow Communities, an initiative sponsored by the Bayer Fund, formerly known as the Monsanto Fund.

The program gives farmers across the nation the opportunity to support local non-profit organizations of their choice by enrolling for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation, and, for the past two years, Sipes has been able to garner funding for local organizations that provide food for those in need.

Last year, Sipes directed a $2,500 donation to the Grayson County Alliance and, this year, he opted to direct the same amount to Grayson County Schools for its annual summer feeding program, Meals on the Bus.

In 2018, Meals on the Bus served 16,500 total meals to area youths aged 18 and under during the months of June and July, and officials hope to serve even more this year, Grayson County Food Service Special Programs Manager Beth Lee Meredith said.

"Grayson County Food Service is grateful to Mr. Sipes for the donation; we look forward to an exciting summer,” she said.

Sipes said that, as a former member of the Grayson County School Board, he has long been concerned with the welfare of local children and aware of the many living in poverty in the community, so he was happy to learn he could garner more funds to help the school system's summer feeding initiative.

The kick-off date for the fourth annual Meals on the Bus program has been set for May 31 at Grayson County Middle School and will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. This year's program will also, once again, have three mobile routes in which buses will travel to various parts of the county to provide meals to youths.

Meredith said the routes are currently being organized, and they will be published when finalized.

To learn more about the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, visit americasfarmers.com or follow the program on Facebook at facebook.com/AmericasFarmers.