In four years, the Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation awarded grants totaling nearly $500,000. For 2012, forty-eight organizations will benefit from grants awarded by the Foundation. Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation is pleased to announce the 2012 organizations receiving grant awards. The awards were presented at the Florida’s Natural Grove House Visitor Center on Nov. 1. “We are pleased to include so many organizations in our grant awards this year. We know that the Central Florida area benefits from this charitable giving from the Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation,“ stated Walt Lincer, President of the Foundation Board.
Activities from children and adult literacy programs to at-risk youth activities are included. “Fourteen of the organizations were recommended by our Grower Members,” Mr. Lincer explained, “that select organizations in their respective communities where there is need.” The Florida’s Natural Charity Classic, a golf tournament held in March provides the majority of the funding for the foundation together with company as well as private donations. “Supporting our local communities is important to our Cooperative and our corporate culture,” commented Lincer.
Below are the organizations receiving grants for 2012 from the Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation:
The Way Center - Women and Youth Center , Inc.
Frostproof Care Center, Inc
Help of Fort Meade, Inc.
Historic Lake Wales Society
Samaritan’s Touch Care Center
Lake Wales Kiwanis Foundation
Ft. Meade Middle/High School
YMCA of Winter Haven
Polk State College Foundation
Polk Training for Handicapped Citizens, Inc.
Junior League of Winter Haven
Redlands Christian Migrant Association
Junior League of Greater Lakeland
Our Children’s Academy & Rehab
Heartland Food Reservoir
Scholarship Recognition, Inc.
Umatilla Kiwanis Club
Citrus Center Boys & Girls Clubs—Winter Haven
Citrus Center Boys & Girls Clubs—Lake Wales
Citrus Center Boys & Girls Clubs—Haines City
Lake Wales Care Center
Mason Smoak Foundation
Leadership Hendry and Glades Counties, Inc.
Polk Education Foundation
Florida Specialty Crop Foundation
Red Cross of Mid Florida
Lake Wales Soccer Club
Habitat for Humanity, Highlands County
Habitat for Humanity, Winter Haven
Polk County Agri-fest/Polk County Farm Bureau
Good Shepherd Hospice
The Randy Roberts Foundation
United Way of Central Florida/ Family Fundamentals
Lake Wales Literacy Council
Lake Wales Charter Schools
Lake Wales Family Literacy Council
Lake Wales High School Academic Foundation, Inc.
Lake Wales YMCA
Sertoma Camp Endeavor
United Way - Let’s Grow Initiative - Success by 6
Webber International University
Bok Tower Gardens
Explorations V Children’s Museum
Florida Engineering Society Ridge Chapter - MATH COUNTS
Circle of Friends
Florida’s Natural Growers is comprised of fourteen grower organizations representing almost 1000 individual growers who own nearly 50,000 acres of citrus in Florida. Florida’s Natural Growers operates its processing plant in Lake Wales, Florida, with a juice packaging plant in Umatilla, Florida. The Lake Wales facility employs 650 employees and can extract over nine million pounds of fruit every twenty-four hours in peak season. Brands product in Lake Wales include Florida’s Natural ®, Florida’s Natural Growers Pride ®, Donald Duck ®, and Bluebird.