Employees from Monsanto Redwood Falls recommended the Redwood Area Food Shelf in Redwood Falls to receive a $4,500 grant from the Monsanto Fund’s 2017 site grant initiative.

Funds from the grant are going to be used to purchase a new cooler to safely store fresh produce. The cooler is larger and more energy efficient. A reliable cooler meets the quality control and safety standards strived for at the Redwood Area Food Shelf.

“Of the food distributed, 3,500 pounds is fresh produce. Being able to provide fresh produce is so important, because we are feeding hundreds of school aged children as well as the adults,” said Cindy Mumme, local food shelf coordinator.

“The Monsanto Fund supports farming communities in which our employees live and work by investing in programs that meet the critical needs of the community,” said Dana Jacobs, site lead at Monsanto Soybean Production. “We’re happy to support the Redwood Area Food Shelf with this Monsanto Fund grant.”

This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded more than $1.4 million to non-profit organizations through its site grant initiative to help address essential needs in rural communities.

Non-profit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $7.5 million through this program over the last five years.

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto company employees live and work.

Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.