Gary Schmidt, from Cargill (ctr), a Catholic Charities' volunteer presented a $22,000 check to Debbie MacDonald (rt), Catholic Charities' Agency Director, and Nancy Brand (l), Catholic Charities' Schuyler Outreach Director.

Gary Schmidt, from Cargill (ctr), a Catholic Charities’ volunteer presented a $22,000 check to Debbie MacDonald (rt), Catholic Charities’ Agency Director, and Nancy Brand (l), Catholic Charities’ Schuyler Outreach Director.

As part of its longstanding commitment to support the communities in which it does business, Cargill has donated $22,000 to Catholic Charities of Schuyler County to develop and operate the Schuyler County Community Food Project. This grant will fund a part-time employee to coordinate food collection, distribution and education activities and program supplies.

The objectives of this project are to address long-term solutions to hunger-related issues in our community. Coordination activities will primarily focus on strengthening the Volunteer Corps that is being established. The Corps will recruit, train and coordinate the needed volunteers to perform the education, collection and distribution activities.

In an effort to address long-term solutions to hunger-related issues in our community, Catholic Charities started the Community Garden in 2009. The purpose of this project was to teach people how to grow their own food and to provide fresh, locally grown produce to those in need through the food pantries & senior housing facilities. Two significant obstacles have been identified with this project: Lack of gardening skills and lack of education on how to prepare/use fresh produce. This program will address these issues through education and awareness.

“Cargill’s statement of Purpose is to be the Global Leader in Nourishing People,” said Don Chutas, Cargill Salt’s Plant Manager. “This grant helps support that purpose and Catholic Charities’ mission of reducing poverty and promoting a healthy family life.”

About Cargill
Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 131,000 people in 66 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit www.cargill.com.