Brown County farmer supports local ministry through America’s Farmers Grow Communities

Robert King presents a check in the amount of $2,500 from the Monsanto Fund to Backpack Blessings at Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church.
Local farmer Robert King has directed a $2,500 donation to Backpack Blessings, a ministry within Mount Nebo United Methodist Church.

Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the group provide meals for the less fortunate. Backpack Blessings provides school children in the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program with a backpack of food to take home for the weekends during the school year.

Thanks to the support of farmers like Robert King, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.

“Backpack Blessings is truly a special group. It is wonderful to provide children with a backpack full of food,” said King. “The backpacks are filled with healthy foods. Sometimes the families struggle, and this is one way they know that the children are eating.”

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like Backpack Blessings, who are doing important work in their community.

The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice.

The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country.

Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated over $13 million to more than 5,200 nonprofit organizations across the country. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which honors the important contributions of farmers like Robert King.

For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit