Monsanto grant fills backpacks with food for families

WATERMAN – The Northern Illinois Food Bank will be able to offer more meals to children at risk of hunger, with the help of a $5,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, courtesy of the Waterman Monsanto site.

The grant will buy food for the BackPack Program in DeKalb County. Each backpack provided to children through the program contains enough shelf-stable, nutritious foods to help feed up to three children over the weekend. The food bank partners with 93 schools across 13 counties for the program, and works directly with school professionals to identify children in need of food assistance.

“Northern Illinois Food Bank provides outstanding support to the people of our community facing hunger. Rural communities in northern Illinois are very fortunate to have such a dedicated group providing this level of service,” said John Robben, Waterman site manager. 

“We are so grateful to the Monsanto Fund for this generous donation that will be used for our BackPack Program in DeKalb County to give children at risk of hunger a backpack filled with nutritious food to take home for the weekend,” said Pete Schaefer, president and CEO of the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  “The Monsanto Fund’s support helps ensure children and their siblings will return to school on Mondays ready to study and not distracted by hunger.”  

This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded 127 site grants to nonprofit organizations in 26 states. In Illinois alone, 18 site grants were awarded and totaled $201,100. The Monsanto Fund continues to provide support to organizations such as Northern Illinois Food Bank, to help strengthen communities where farmers and Monsanto employees live and work.

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