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Farmer John Awards $25K Through California Kindness Project

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From left to right: Clara Meschini, Farmer John representative; Jasmine Bravo, executive director; and Danielle Rayner, development manager from St. Francis Center.

Farmer John recognized St. Francis Center in Los Angeles with a check for $25,000 for its impact in Southern California.

The endowment is part of Farmer John’s California Kindness Project, a grant program launched this year to support nonprofits that are making an impact in their local communities. The St. Francis Center was among the top selected charities to receive the $25,000 donation, in recognition of its commitment to improving the health and stability of those in the community.

“St. Francis Center is so excited to be a recipient of Farmer John’s California Kindness Project grant program and to receive this contribution,” said Danielle Rayner, development manager. “We know that it will make a positive impact as we continue to serve up hope and coordinate even more acts of kindness for those around us who are less fortunate.”  

The California Kindness Project serves as an extension of Farmer John’s California Commitment Tour, an initiative to feed, celebrate and serve residents across the state. Farmer John invited charities and organizations to apply for one of the California Kindness grants. After receiving more than 120 applications from charities and organizations in the state, 10 organizations were selected to receive grants ranging from $3,000-$25,000, providing a total of $100,000 in financial support.

To show its support, Farmer John joined the nonprofit at an event to celebrate its achievements and highlight the impact its hard work has on the community. St. Francis Center announced that the grant will help strengthen its services that help those in the area achieve or maintain stable housing and take steps to improve economic circumstances. These services include rental and utility assistance, referrals for health care services, assistance with shelter and housing, employment opportunities and job preparedness, assistance obtaining IDs for jobs and social security.

“Farmer John is honored to recognize and support St. Francis Center and all of the great charitable services they provide low-income and homeless individuals in Los Angeles,” said Lauren Connelly, brand manager for Farmer John.

“We are humbled by their acts of kindness and are grateful to have the opportunity to support the work they are doing in their community through the California Kindness Project.”

The Farmer John brand has been rooted in California since 1931 and has had the privilege of feeding and supporting its communities for more than nine decades. Farmer John’s heart will always be in California, and the brand is dedicated to finding even more ways to invest in communities across the state through initiatives like the California Kindness Project.

For more information, visit farmerjohn.com. Farmer John is a brand of Smithfield Foods.

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