Plover Area Charities to Receive Funding from Local Food Manufacturer
PLOVER – The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Monogram Foods, announces today that thirteen local organizations are the Plover area winners of 2018 Foundation grants. A committee of team members at the Monogram Appetizers production plant in Plover, WI divided a total of $50,000 between the charities. The initiatives funded by each grant are as follows:
Veteran’s Memorial Park – Funds given will help refurbish the facilities and sustain the recreational programs offered at the park
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Wisconsin – This grant will support 10 new mentorship matches in 2019
Stevens Point Child Safety Center – The goal of the Child Safety Center is to make sure that each child and parent in Portage County is educated on proper safety measures. The funds of this grant will purchase children’s car seats and bicycle helmets.
Amherst After School Success Program – This organization provides a low-cost, high quality after school program for children in the community. Through this grant, they will purchase recreational equipment such as scooters, balls, hula-hoops, cones, and nets so we can provide fun games and activities on a daily basis.
Portage County Health and Human Services – Employment Foundation – The funds will support “Kids Day at Camp” for children ages 5 – 12. This event gives low-income children the opportunity to attend camp either for one day of for an overnight adventure.
Danville Speech and Hearing Center – This grant will provide funding for children to receive the speech-language therapy services they need. Many parents cannot afford speech-language therapy due to lack of coverage by insurance or due to high co-pays and deductibles.
Hunger & Poverty Prevention of Portage County – This grant will fund area food pantries, fund hunger and poverty prevention initiatives, and provides education about hunger and poverty issues.
Junior Achievement of Wisconsin – The funds will provide students with 5 to 7 hours of interactive hands-on activities that work to change their lives by helping them understand key age appropriate concepts such as financial literacy, work readiness, and economics concepts.
Roosevelt Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization – Grant monies will go towards providing new playground equipment for the school.
Boys and Girls Club of Portage County – Funding will support the addition of a Youth Behavior Specialist and two Youth Behavior Program Leader staff positions that will provide focused attention and developmentally appropriate programming for our members that require a higher level of care.
Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum – The grant will fund the monthly Healthy Family Night, during which Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum opens its doors for all families to explore at no cost to them. A family-style dinner is served and then followed by a brief healthy lifestyle program.
Evergreen Community Initiatives – Funding will allow Evergreen to operate and expand their clothing closet, which regularly provides clean clothing to teens and children in this area.
United Way of Portage County – These funds will support Learn for Life, a program designed to increase the reading achievement of second and third grade students.
The Fernandez Center – In the effort to make this alternative school feel more like a “real job,” the grant money will be used to purchase a time clock, time sheets for students to use, and a wall mounted time card holder as well as a Defined STEM learning curriculum.
These above recipients, headquartered within 100 miles of the Monogram Appetizers plant at 300 Moore Road, were among many worthwhile applicants who applied for these charitable funds. A committee of Monogram Appetizers team members decided how to allocate grant funds without any influence from upper management.
The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation was created in 2010 to give back to the communities in which Monogram team members live and work. Since 2010, Monogram Loves Kids has donated over $1 million to various children’s charities across the United States.
About Monogram Foods: Founded in 2004 with the purchase of King Cotton and Circle B brand meats from Sara Lee Corporation, Monogram Foods is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn. and manufactures and markets top-quality food products. Among these are a full range of meat snacks, corn dogs, pre-cooked bacon, smoked sausage, appetizers, sandwiches, pet treats and other value-added meats. Monogram Foods’ brands include Wild Bill’s, O’Brien’s, Trail’s Best, Hannah’s, Bull’s, Elvis & Lola, and licensed brands Bass Pro Shop’s Uncle Buck’s, Johnsonville, Butterball and Team Realtree. Monogram Foods is a major co-packer and private label provider for strategic partners throughout the nation. Monogram Foods operates facilities in Virginia, Minnesota, Indiana, Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin and Massachusetts.
For more information, please contact: Alix de Witt, Communications Coordinator, adewitt @monogramfoods.com, or (901)681-9873