Dedicated to both the members and the communities it serves, GreenStone recently announced the 2020 Member Grown Outreach program and its effect on local organizations that touch the lives of thousands of families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through the contribution of $20,000.
In local branches and online, GreenStone members voted in March for one of three organizations previously nominated by GreenStone staff and the outreach and engagement committee based on mission and reach.
Dollars awarded to each organization are based on votes, and after receiving nearly 2,000 votes from members, the dollars awarded to each organization include:
- $10,000 for Kids’ Food Basket
- $6,000 for the Rural Health Initiative
- $4,000 for the Foster Closet of Michigan — Livingston County Kid's Closet
“Being able to support our community through our Member Grown Outreach program is an honor, and knowing that both our members and staff play a role makes it even more meaningful,” says Melissa Rogers, VP of marketing and public relations. “While the dollars presented through the program go a long way in normal circumstances, this contribution couldn’t have come at a better time as each organization continues to serve the communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Kids’ Food Basket is committed to nourishing children and their families to reach their full potential — a task intensified during this pandemic, Rogers says. With the need for nutritional meals on the rise, the dollars provided through the program allow Kids’ Food Basket to continue nourishing the community.
“We want to reach as many kids and families as possible," says Bridget Clark Whitney, president and founding CEO of Kids’ Food Basket. “Together as a community, we will get through this critical time and support those who need help the most.”
Both the Rural Health Initiative and Foster Closet of Michigan — Livingston County Kid's Closet are shifting gears slightly to continue helping their communities during the pandemic. The dollars provided through this program help support those changes.
While Rural Health Initiative is focusing on connecting farm and rural communities with virtual resources, Foster Closet of Michigan — Livingston County Kid's Closet is organizing essential items children may need, allowing parents or guardians to safely drive by and pick them up.
“The pandemic is affecting everyone, and we are trying to relieve stress as much as we can,” explains Danielle DeVries, executive director for Livingston County Kid's Closet. “Our focus is on the kids and making sure their basic needs are met. Once they are taken care of, it takes pressure off parents and allows them to focus on bigger issues.”
GreenStone remains committed to members and local communities, Rogers says. For more information on GreenStone’s continuous support of agriculture and rural communities, visit GreenStoneFCS.com.