STRASBURG -- The Norma Johnson Center and Carpenters Cupboard will now be able to better serve the community, thanks to local farmers, Dale and Karen Loveday, and America's Farmers Grow Communities.

Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.

Tuscarawas County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving the Lovedays the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. They selected the Norma Johnson Center and Carpenters Cupboard. The Norma Johnson Center will divide the donations to use for two different projects that will be worked on this summer. A part of the donation will be used to build a specific area for children's craft programs to be held. The remaining funds will be used to make improvements on a historic barn that was built in 1861.

The food pantry will purchase a refrigerator and freezer that will help with food storage, as well as replace stainless steel grocery shelves.

"We chose the Norma Johnson Center so they can continue to teach kids about the importance of land conservation," said Karen. "We also chose the food pantry to help supplement a number of families that need assistance because of the rising cost of food."

This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest nearly $6 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties impacted by the historic drought.

In Ohio, $160,000 is being given across 64 counties. America's Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to partner with farmers in helping them positively impact their communities.

This program is part of the Monsanto Fund's overall effort to strengthen rural America.

For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, visit