JUANA DIAZ, PR (October 17, 2017) – Monsanto Company is continuing its support of disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico by donating $250,000 to Centros Sor Isolina Ferre, a social services agency which provides assistance to communities located near the company’s Monsanto Caribe site in Juana Diaz.
Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on September 20. However, weeks after the devastating storm, most of the island is still without electricity and for its residents, access to basic items have been difficult to obtain. Monsanto’s donation to Centros Sor Isolina Ferre will be used to purchase food, water, medical supplies and other necessities for local families that reside in the agency’s service area.
“In the months ahead, the rebuilding and recovery efforts for communities near our Juana Diaz site as well as the rest of Puerto Rico will create difficult challenges,” said Al Mitchell, President of the Monsanto Fund & VP Community Affairs for Monsanto Company. “We are committed to helping our neighbors and supporting them through this journey.”
On September 29, Monsanto mobilized a group of employees from its breeding, procurement, engineering and security teams, as well as one medical doctor to assess the situation at its Juana Diaz site and to assist local employees and residents with various needs. The company, working with FEMA and other industry leaders, also commissioned a cargo plane stocked with critical supplies that was flown to Puerto Rico.
Monsanto Caribe, which employs more than 400 people, has been on the island since 1998.
Monsanto is committed to strengthening both farming communities and the communities where employees live and work, and its employees regularly give back to communities through volunteerism.
In addition to the company’s donation, Monsanto is also encouraging employees to donate to Centros Sor Isolina Ferre. The company will match all employee contributions to the agency.
About Centros Sor Isolina Ferre
Centros Sor Isolina Ferré is a non-profit organization that promotes full development of the human being with justice, dignity, respect, and love. The institution uses effective models of advocacy, training, technology, and self-management to have a positive impact in the lives of over 37,006 people through preventive and corrective programs, as well as personal and community empowerment and development initiatives. It offers solutions to problems such as school dropout, violence, unemployment, and economic crisis. Programs and services are available in 22 municipalities, including Ponce, Guayama, San Juan, and Canóvanas.
About Monsanto Company
Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables, and key crops – such as corn, soybeans, and cotton – that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities, and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. To learn more about Monsanto, our commitments and our more than 20,000 dedicated employees, please visit: discover.monsanto.com andmonsanto.com. Follow our business on Twitter® at twitter.com/MonsantoCo, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows® at monsantoblog.comor subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.
About Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.
About Monsanto Caribe
Since 1998, Monsanto Caribe LLC has been part of the Puerto Rican seed breeding industry, using the tools of modern biology to help farmers successfully feed, clothe, and fuel our growing world. Monsanto’s operations on the island consist of agricultural biotechnology research and development of the best corn, cotton, and soy seeds for farmers. The objective is to find the most desirable traits to improve crops and develop new seed with such traits. In Puerto Rico, the company has earned such honors as the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Los Mejores Patronos en Puerto Rico Award in the Medium Business Category, as well as being inducted in the Puerto Rican Agriculture Hall of Fame in April of 2013. To learn more about our business and our commitments, please visit: www.monsanto.com. Follow our business on Twitter® atwww.twitter.com/MonsantoCo, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows at www.monsantoblog.com, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed. For information in Spanish, please visit www.monsanto.pr, and follow our business on Facebook® at facebook.com/monsantopuertorico.