Sharon Payne of Halfway, Mo., is selected as the third and final winner in a summer campaign to increase awareness of Missouri agriculture
The Missouri Farmers Care coalition awarded Sharon Payne of Halfway, Mo., $500 worth of free groceries on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the MFA Bolivar Farmers Exchange in Bolivar, Mo. Payne was randomly selected as the third and final winner in an educational campaign with the St. Louis Cardinals to help make a connection between consumers and the farmers who feed them.
"This gift will go a long way for a family of two, so I was very excited to win this--especially in this tight economy," Payne said. "The state of the economy the last couple of years has really affected my husband's work."
Payne works as a bookkeeper for Independent Printing in Springfield, and her husband Michael is a self-employed floor covering installer. The Payne family said they appreciate Missouri farmers reaching out to Missouri communities.
"I think some people forget that their food doesn't just come from a grocery store," Payne said. "Farmers work very hard and are the backbone of America."
Coordinated by Missouri's major agricultural groups and agribusiness organizations, the Missouri Farmers Care Grocery Giveaway began June 1 as part of a comprehensive outreach effort through the St. Louis Cardinals. Through the grocery giveaway promotion, MFC selected contest winners in June, July and August. Missouri consumers signed up for their chance to win at www.MoFarmersCare.com by watching videos featuring Missouri farmers and completing an online entry form.
Other elements of the Safe at the Plate summer education campaign with the St. Louis Cardinals include radio ads featuring Missouri farm families, videos of Cardinals mascot Fred Bird visiting four Missouri farms, an AgriMissouri™ gift basket giveaway at every Friday night home game, print advertising and promotional materials.
Sponsoring groups of the Safe at the Plate campaign and the Missouri Farmers Care Grocery Giveaway include the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, Missouri Pork Association, Missouri Beef Industry Council, Midwest Dairy Association, MFA Oil, FCS Financial, Missouri Farm Bureau, MFA Incorporated and the St. Louis AgriBusiness Club.
Additional information regarding Missouri Farmers Care and Missouri agriculture can be found at www.MoFarmersCare.com.