Grant Will Buy Staples for Local Families

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Left to right: Kathy McCormick, Dawn Phelps, Sheri Lois, Kay Anderson, Larry Phelps, Suzanne Muzljakovich. Back row, left to right: Darci Schimp, David Westman, Paula Schriemer, Terry Epstein, Stuart Welden, Nick Lam, Jennie Schmidt.

Dawn and Larry Phelps, local farmers, nominated Generous Hands Inc. (GHI) to receive a $2,500 grant from the Monsanto Company in December. Stuart Welden, a representative from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program funded by Monsanto was in Vicksburg in March to present the check in person to the board of GHI.

Each year, this Monsanto program offers farmers the chance to direct a $2500 donation to their favorite community nonprofit organization (like 4-H, FFA, food pantries, schools and fire departments). One winner is selected in each of 1324 counties in 40 states.

The money will fund vouchers used by Generous Hands families at the local Family Fare store. Each participating family receives $40 per month to purchase milk, bread, eggs, fruits and vegetables. For more information about Generous Hands, or if you wish to donate, please visit

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