Isle of Wight 4-H program gets $2,500 grant

Published 9:03 am Wednesday, March 30, 2011

ISLE OF WIGHT—The 4C’s 4-H Club of Isle of Wight has received a $2500 grant from the Monsanto Corp.

Jimmy and Pam Oliver of Oliver Farms nominated the club, which will use the money to repair the low ropes course at the Airfield 4-H Center in Wakefield.

The Monsanto Fund sponsors the America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program by offering farmers the chance to win $2,500 for a community charity.

Recipients could include FFA, 4-H, school or other civic organizations, hospitals, fire departments or food banks.

The program started with 179 awards in Missouri, Arkansas and Iowa. Due to its success, the program expanded to 298 counties in California, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and South Dakota, and is expanding nationally to 38 states and 1,204 counties, including Isle of Wight.

Monsanto Corp recently chose Ben Kitchen of Courtland for a $2,500 grant. Kitchen gave the money to Franklin Southampton Area United Way, which will use it to help fund the Back Pack programs.

The Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia sponsors this program, which identifies children receiving free or reduced-price lunches. The program sends food home twice a month and over extended breaks to help these children get good nutrition when they are not at school.