Aurora, Neb. – The Aurora Cooperative is pleased to announce its 2020 grant winners through the Land O’Lakes Foundation Coop Member Match Program. This year the Aurora Cooperative awarded 10 $1,000 donations that were matched dollar-for-dollar by Land O’Lakes Foundation to applicants in our rural communities for a $2,000 total donation. The Aurora Cooperative is honored to help each of these outstanding organizations further their community improvement efforts to achieve their goals within these agricultural driven communities.
The organizations receiving $2,000 are as follows:
As part of the application, each organization was asked how these funds will benefit their community:
“The Funds would benefit our community in a few different ways. Short term, our program uses funds to have events such as Back to School Kickoff, Christmas Party and End of School Celebration. These events provide quality time between the mentees and mentors. Long term, our Board of Directors and mentors hope that through these activities and the program, our mentees learn the “pay it forward” mentality. Serving our community by either becoming a mentor one day or by being active in the Sutton Community.” – Dee Boals, Sutton TeamMates Co-coordinator.
“Central City FFA is a premier youth organization preparing members for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. The funds will be utilized to develop a community garden. An area will be determined, land prepared and improved, and plants selected and planted. Fresh produce will be available to the community.” – Jessica Brondel & Alex Stocker, Central City FFA Advisors.
“Timberlake Ranch benefits the area by providing youth a positive camping experience, building relationships, and provides facilities that enable area group and businesses to build their teams and relationships.” – Greg Rhoades, Administrator of Timberlake Ranch Camps, Inc.
About Aurora Cooperative – Established in 1908, Aurora Cooperative is driven by one fundamental belief: By joining together, farmers can accomplish things they cannot accomplish alone. That belief hasn’t changed in more than 100 years, and it’s why every decision and every investment we make is focused on what’s best for the farmers who own this company. To learn more about The Aurora Cooperative, visit their website at www.auroracoop.com.
About Land O’Lakes, Inc. – Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of America’s premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2019 annual sales of $14 billion, Land O’Lakes is one of the nation’s largest cooperatives, ranking 212 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 99 years of operation, Land O’Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands and businesses in agriculture and food production including Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition, WinField United and Truterra, LLC. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O’Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minn.
About the Land O’Lakes Foundation – Each year, Land O’Lakes, Inc. – one of America’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives – donates a portion of its pretax profits to the Land O’Lakes Foundation. Through a wide range of programs and services, the Foundation aims to serve the many communities across our nation where Land O’Lakes members and employees live and work. Together, we are fighting hunger, supporting education and strengthening communities. In 2019, the Land O’Lakes Foundation contributed $13 million in giving to support its mission, including $2.2 million donated through member-directed philanthropy programs, and complemented by more than $745,000 in in-kind product donations for hunger relief. The Land O’Lakes Foundation is based in Arden Hills, MN.