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February 12, 2014

Farmers win $2,500 for Hospice of Tift Area

TIFTON —

Hospice of Tift Area was presented with a $2,500 check Wednesday morning from America’s Farmers Grow Communities, on behalf of farmers Lynn and Kay Shaw of Berrien County.

The funds will be used to meet the nutritional needs of patients through the provision of supplements, such as Ensure or Boost or through the provision of groceries or hot meals.

The Shaws were selected as winners in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. They chose Hospice of Tift Area to receive the $2,500 donation.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations doing important work in rural communities. The program encourages farmers to enter to win $2,500, which is then directed to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. Launched nationally in 2011, the program has grown to include 1,289 eligible counties in 39 states. America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of the America’s Farmers initiatve.

The America’s Farmers campaign is an advocacy program celebrating U.S. farmers through communications, awards and special programs that highlight the importance of modern American agriculture. The America’s Farmers initiatives include America’s Farmers Grow Communities, America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, America’s Farmers Mom of the Year and America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders.

Hospice of Tift Area, a service of Tift Regional Medical Center, serves patients and families in the following nine counties: Tift, Ben Hill, Cook, Turner, Berrien, Irwin, Worth, Colquitt and the western half of Atkinson.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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