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ADM donates $5,000 to tornado recovery fund

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Archer Daniels Midland Co. recently donated $5,000 to the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation. The donation will go toward the Disaster Recovery Fund to assist those affected by the Feb. 28 tornado in Ottawa and Naplate.

“We are pleased to have the support and partnership of ADM as we continue to fund the unmet financial needs of our families, friends and neighbors affected by the Feb. 28 tornado. This donation has enabled us to exceed the $300,000 mark in contributed gifts to those in need. ADM is truly a great corporate partner and wonderful neighbor in our community,” said Pamela Beckett, president of the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation.

The Starved Rock Country Community Foundation is one of 850 such foundations in the United States and 34 in the state of Illinois. Combined assets of community foundations in the U.S. are more than $85 billion.

Until the foundation opened its doors in October 2015, the Starved Rock County area, comprised of LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam counties in Illinois, was one of the very few geographic areas not represented by a community foundation. The SRCCF matches people who care with the causes that matter to them. The foundation makes grants to local nonprofit organizations, creates and manages scholarships for local youth and provides philanthropic leadership throughout Starved Rock Country.

The donation was given through ADM Cares, a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.