by HOWARD BALABAN
Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — When it comes to funding local organizations that help those in need, it goes without saying that every little bit helps.
On Friday, Hospice of Orleans County and Community Action of Orleans and Genesee Food Pantry received more than that, thanks to Jean Peglow of Albion.
Peglow’s husband Jim and brother-in-law Jon own and operated Angevine Farms, Incorporated.
Peglow applied for an award in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, a program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund (based in St. Louis). Jeff Cunningham, Monsanto Area Business Manager-Northeast, said more that 60,000 farmers across the country tried for the award. He said applicants submitted an explanation as to why they chose certain organizations. Monsanto made its selections accordingly, and Peglow was among them.
Cunningham explained the total awarded this year in Orleans County was double the normal amount since, due to drought, the county was declared a natural disaster area by the USDA.
She won a total of $5,000, split evenly between the two organizations.
Peglow said she chose Hospice of Orleans and Community Action of Orleans and Genesee Food Pantry because of previous dealings with them.
“Our church has donated to (the food pantry) in the past, but we didn’t give as much as we wanted to this year,” she said. “They’re always in need of food at the food pantry, and being a poorer county we felt giving to them was a necessity.”
As for Hospice of Orleans, Peglow said she “enjoyed working with and donating to them” in the past. She also said that many of her family’s friends have parents who are getting older and considering hospice care.
Representatives from both organizations were on hand Friday at the Community Action of Orleans and Genesee building in Albion. Annette Finch, Director of Community Services for Community Action, said the $2,500 going toward the food pantry would be an immense help.
“It means we can put needed food in our pantry, help with our soup kitchen in our Holley center, and stock our pantry in our Genesee office,” Finch said. “I can’t describe what this means.”
MaryAnne Fisher, Executive Director of Hospice of Orleans, said her group’s $2,500 would also be a huge help.
“Many in the community have many needs that go beyond what insurance companies provide,” she explained. “This will allow more people to avail themselves of Hospice.
“Funds like these are immeasurable.”