A Rock County farmer is feeding families in more ways than one.
Harold Hanauska has strong ties to Rock County. His family's farm is celebrating 100 years in Harmony Township. The long-term connection with the region led him to want to help.
Hanauska was selected as a winner in the America's Farmers Grow Communities -- a partnership sponsored by the St. Louis-based Monsanto Fund.
At a ceremony at the Milton Food Pantry Wednesday, a representative from the agriculture company sponsoring the program presented Hanauska with a check made out to the pantry for $2,500.
Hanauska said he chose to donate a portion of his $5,000 award to the Milton Food Pantry because there's nothing worse than going hungry.
"We've given to the food pantry over the years,” Hanauska said. “My mother was always good about giving to the food pantry, so that was the first thing on our mind really."
Milton Food Pantry will use the money to provide basic food and personal care items to more than 120 individuals who visit the pantry each month. Harold's remaining $2,500 will go to Family Services Of Southern Wisconsin And Northern Illinois, a United Way-funded agency.
Program Director Anna Grzelak said the money will provide services to sexual-assault victims in Northern Rock County.
Last year Family Services helped more than 130 victims in the county. Grzelak said the money is just in time to help with some programs related to Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is in April.
Anyone needing help is advised to call the family service crisis line at 866-666-4576.
Farmers across 39 states living in regions declared disaster areas by the USDA due to drought were eligible to sign up for the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite community nonprofit.