LAURINBURG — Church Community Services has received a donation from a local farmer and the chemical and agricultural giant Monsanto.
The Monsanto program America’s Farmers Grow Communities designates funds to farmers who then choose a local charity to receive the money each year.
This year, Stephen Herlocker of Scotland County decided that the $2,500 award should go to Church Community Services.
The nonprofit plans to use the donation to purchase food from the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina at a “fair share price” under .20 cents a pound.
“In 2017, Church Community Services fed over 18,000 Scotland County residents as a result of individuals like Mr. Herlocker, our local United Way, and other organizations giving out of abundance” said Robert Macy, executive director.
Macy is in the process of coordinating a shopping date with the Food Bank in Moore County.
Church Community Services was established in 1989 and still helps residents find emergency food, shelter, utility payments, and clothing. Church Community Service also runs the Christmas Cheer program which helps needy families with donations of food, clothing and Christmas gifts during the holidays.
The charity now has the support of nearly two dozen churches and civic organizations who provide direct financial support, volunteers, and donations of food and clothing allowing congregations large and small to play a part in helping local residents in need, according to Macy.
The items most needed for the organization’s food pantry are: macaroni and cheese, canned fruit, canned tuna, canned chicken or salmon, treet, beef stew or chicken and dumplings, canned vegetables, small bags of rice, peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti sauce and noodles.
The Monsanto program was created in 2010 and has since given over $29 million to farming communities including more than $3 million in 2018. According to Monsanto the charities “reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs, and food banks.”
Church Community Services is located at 108 Gill Street and is open from Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For information on Church Community Services, call Macy at 910-276-8330 or email [email protected] or on Facebook at: facebook.com/ccsscotlandcounty.
Reach Beth Lawrence 910-506-3169