Sunday, 09 July 2017 10:38

Agribusiness giant ADM helps local communities

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QUINCY — Archer Daniels Midland Co. recently donated $2,000 through its “ADM Cares” program to the Ladies of Charity in Quincy. The donation will help provide high protein additions to the food baskets distributed by the organization.

“We find it increasingly difficult to keep up with the need for meat and other high protein foods,” said Jane Haas, president of Ladies of Charity of Quincy. “With the help of ‘ADM Cares,’ we have been able to meet these demands and greatly enhance the value and quality of the food we give.”

The Ladies of Charity of Quincy is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization that has been helping those in need in Quincy and the surrounding area since the late 1920s. Begun by several women, the group now has more than 90 active volunteers.

The organization offers items such as food, clothing, household items, toys, books, magazines, baby items including diapers, children’s clothing and numerous other items and daily necessities. These items are given free of charge at the center at 510 S. Fourth St. in Quincy. Ladies of Charity also runs a thrift shop at 24th and Elm streets, where items are sold at low cost. Proceeds from the thrift store help support the work at the center.

The Ladies of Charity has grown its capacity to help those in need thanks to community support, gifts from churches and individuals and grants from programs such as ADM Cares.

“We can’t thank ADM enough for its continued efforts to help us maintain this high standard that so directly affects the health and well-being of our clients,” Haas said.

The donation from ADM Cares is a part of the social investment program of the Decatur-based agribusiness giant that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program’s focus is in three areas: supporting responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.

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