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MFA Charitable Foundation donates funds to rural food banks, community organizations

Posted on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 6:24 am

The MFA Charitable Foundation recently donated $2,500 to the Paris Senior Citizens Community Center. The donation was part of a series of small grants made to community organizations in MFA’s trade area. This was the second series of donations from the foundation aimed to help address disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pictured from left are Centralia MFA Agri Services employees Andy Mott, agronomy sales and Jim Gesling, manager; Paris Senior Citizens Community Center administrator Tara Garside along with MFA employees Lacey Pearson, sales manager, and Tammy Breid, bookkeeper.

The MFA Charitable Foundation was formed in 2005 to support community projects in rural communities where MFA Incorporated operates. Grant applications are evaluated by the foundation’s board of directors and typically disbursed to community betterment organizations and projects that have attained a 501c3 tax status from the Internal Revenue Service.  

Earlier donations from the foundation were delivered in March as food pantries across MFA’s trade area saw an increase in demand for resources. At that time, the MFA Charitable Foundation granted more than $50,000 to regional food banks and local food pantries. In Missouri, those funds were divided among Feeding Missouri’s six food banks, which distribute food to multiple pantries in each region of the state. Funding for surrounding states was distributed to food pantries as directed by local MFA facilities. 

“MFA’s trade area stretches across Missouri and into parts of Iowa, Kansas and Arkansas. Each of the rural communities we serve is affected by the COVID-19 virus and efforts to curb its spread,” said Ernie Verslues, president and CEO of MFA Incorporated. “These donations are addressed to the increase of need in those places.”