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Monsanto gives $2,500 grants to Hospice, Community Action

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 March 2014 at 12:00 am
Monsanto donation to Hospice

Photo by Tom Rivers – Monsanto gave $2,500 each to Community Action or Orleans & Genesee and Hospice of Orleans County. Jim and Jean Peglow, farmers in Barre, nominated the agencies for the grants from Monsanto. Monsanto Northeast business manager Jeff Cunningham, center, presented the checks to the agencies in Albion on March 22. He is joined in the photo by, from left: Jean and Jim Peglow; Mary Fischer, executive director of Hospice; Annette Finch, community services director for Community Action; and Ed Fancher, Community Action executive director.

ALBION – Jean Peglow and the other members of West Barre United Methodist Church have long been supporters of Hospice of Orleans County and Community Action of Orleans & Genesee.

The church wanted to boost its contributions to the two agencies, and found a way to meet that goal through a grant program offered by Monsanto. Peglow applied to the “America’s Farmers Grow Communities.” She was successful in securing $2,500 each for both agencies.

On March 22, Jeff Cunningham, Monsanto’s Northeast business manager, arrived in Albion with large ceremonial checks for Hospice and Community Action. The company, which sells seeds and other agricultural products to many local farmers, has been offering the grants for three years.

“We wanted to put more money back in the local communities where are customers are,” he said.

Both agencies say they will put the money to good use.

Community Action is seeing increased demand at its food pantries in Albion, Holley and Batavia, said Annette Finch, the agency’s community services director.

The $2,500 will allow Community Action to supplement some of the food donated by Food Link. The agency may use the money to purchase vouchers at grocery stores for milk and eggs, which aren’t available at the pantries due to space constraints.

Hospice opened a new residence in December for terminally ill patients. The $2,500 will help pay for personal care items and support the care for residents in the home, said Mary Anne Fischer, Hospice executive director.

Peglow’s husband Jim and his brother Jon are co-owners of Angevine Farms in Barre. The brothers use Monsanto products.

Mrs. Peglow said she is pleased to see the Monsanto funds will help the local causes.

“This is basically seed money for the different agencies,” she said.