Area farmer Nick Fox designated $2,500 from an America's Farmer's Grow Communities grant money to go to the Pratt County Food Bank.

Sometimes, an unexpected bit of luck ends up making a difference in someone’s life.

Local farmer Nick Fox applied for a grant from America’s Farmers Grow Communities. Not expecting to get the grant, Fox was surprised to learn that he had indeed won.

The way the grant is set up, the person who wins it has to give it to a non-profit organization. Fox chose the Pratt County Food Bank to receive the $2,500 grant to be used to purchase food for struggling families in the area.

“The Pratt County Food Bank Board of Directors would like to thank Nick Fox for supporting the needs of our community,” said Diana Harris, Pratt Food Bank Board President.

Fox said he was happy to donate the money and help the food bank.

Harris said the money would go a long way to purchase food. Right now, the bank is doing well on donations in general and their supplies are in good shape. But that can change quickly if there is an increase in the average number of families that need help. Another donation will be coming in on May 11 when the Pratt letter carriers have a donation drive for the food bank.

Many people only think about hungry families around Thanksgiving and Christmas. But the truth is, there is a need all year round and that's where the Pratt Food Bank comes in. So far this year, the bank has helped 125 families with an average of 73 families a month. In 2017, the bank helped 381 families with a monthly average of 82 families, Harris said.

With depressed oil and gas prices as well as low prices for crops and livestock, the number of families needing assistance is likely to increase.

The Monsanto Fund sponsors the America’s Farmers Grow Communities grant program. The program gives farmers a chance to help support a non-profit organization within their community.

Since 2010, the Grow Communities program has given more than $29 million to non-profits in rural America. They provided more than $3 million to non-profits in 2018, ac- cording to information from Farmers Grow.

“Farmers play a pivotal role in rural communities and through their commitment to the Grow Communities program, we are able to provide the monetary support these non-profit organizations need to make an impact,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund President. “We’re proud to play a part in helping these rural communities grow and thrive.”

To learn more about Grow Communities visit Facebook.com/Americas Farmers. To learn more about the Monsanto Fund, visit www.monsantofund.org.

The Pratt Food Bank is located at 111 West Fourth Street in downtown Pratt. The phone number is 620- 672-5150. Open hours are:

• 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays.

• 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.

• 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

• 10 a.m. to noon on Fri- days.