DIKE, Iowa - Dike Volunteer Fire Department and Dike United Methodist Church Food Bank will now be able to better serve the community thanks to the support of local farmer, Delon Schmitt, 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 drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.
Grundy County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Schmitt the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. Schmitt selected Dike Volunteer Fire Department and Dike United Methodist Church Food Bank. The fire department will put the donation toward purchasing a new ambulance.
The church will use the funding to continue purchasing supplies for the food pantry
"The food bank has experienced a high volume of usage recently," said Schmitt. "I'm grateful for this opportunity and happy to be donating to these organizations."
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 Iowa $495,000 is being given across 99 counties.
America's Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to partner with farmers in helping them positively impact their communities. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund's overall effort to strengthen rural America. For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit growcommunities.com.