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Scherder supports Hope Center

Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Pike County farmer Debbie Scherder has directed a $2,500 donation to the Hope Center of Pike County.

Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will go toward stocking their shelves with food and paying utilities. The mission of the center is to provide short-term assistance to members of the community struggling through various crises.

Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.

“Some of the needs are due to a fire, some have been laid off from work, others need emergency or medical assistance, so we try to help with some groceries, and government assistance,” said Barb Henderson, administrator for the center. “The number of those in need keeps increasing, and we are thankful for the support from members of our community like Debbie.”

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Hope Center, who are doing important work in their communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated over $16 million to more than 6,500 nonprofit organizations across the country. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the important contributions of farmers like Debbie Scherder.

For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit