ENFIELD, CONN. — Farm Credit East announced today the Farm Credit East Cares Community Fund donated more than $65,000 to various charitable organizations throughout the Northeast. These local contributions are in addition to the more than $180,000 Farm Credit East Cares distributed directly to Northeast producers impacted by the July flooding that hits parts of Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut, along with organizations providing assistance to impacted producers.
“Voluntary staff contributions, along with a match approved by Farm Credit East’s board of directors, provides staff the opportunity to give to local community initiatives of their choice,” said Craig Pollock, Farm Credit East senior vice president and Farm Credit East Cares coordinator.
More than 60 northeast organizations received funds resulting from 2023 employee contributions. Recipients included food banks and hunger relief efforts, youth and agricultural education programs such as 4-H, community and health support organizations, and programs to enrich the agriculture community.
“Farm Credit East Cares continues to make a meaningful impact in our local communities,” continued Pollock. “Initiated by our employees, I’m humbled each year by our team’s generosity to support important causes that make a difference in both rural and urban communities.”
The Farm Credit East Cares Community Fund was established by Farm Credit East employees who raise contributions with a Farm Credit East match. The Fund’s primary intent is to provide support for farm families and organizations impacted by disasters. In 2023, Farm Credit East Cares contributed more than $180,000 to Northeast producers recovering from July’s heavy rains and devastating flooding, and to relief organizations providing them support, including the Vermont Community Foundation and the Massachusetts Farm Resiliency Fund. Since 2011, Farm Credit East Cares has donated more than $1 million.