AgPreference, ACA, made a donation of $10,000 this week to Operation C.A.R.E. Ministries in Altus. The contribution is to assist in the efforts of feeding the hungry of Jackson County. Ag Preference, ACA, is a cooperative Farm Credit System financial institution, serving farmers, ranchers, rural businesses, and rural homeowners throughout southwest Oklahoma.
The $10,000 donation to Operation C.A.R.E. is a cooperative effort between AgPreference and Cobank, the district funding bank of AgPreference. AgPreference donated $5,000 and CoBank matched the $5,000 for a grand total of $10,000.
“We are proud to ‘share our success’ with those in need and be good corporate citizens,” said Cecil H. Sheperson, AgPreference President and CEO. “By getting involved, we can make a difference in helping with this cause and the important work that Operation C.A.R.E. Ministries does every day.”
“We are so excited and honored. This is going to help us out so much,” said Angela Ybarra, Director of Operation C.A.R.E.
Oklahoma consistently ranks among the top five states in the number of people that are hungry. One in four Oklahoma children are at the risk of going to bed hungry, according to Feeding America’s 2011 Map the Meal Report. Among Oklahoma seniors (age 60+), one in 16 struggles with hunger, according to AARP’s Food Insecurity Among Older Adults August 2011 Report.
AgPreference will also be making donations to help with hunger in Greer, Harmon, Cotton, Kiowa, and Tillman counties during the month of September.
About Operation C.A.R.E. Ministries
Operation C.A.R.E. Ministries, a non-profit organization was originally founded by the Jackson County Ministerial Alliance in 2005. The ministry is funded solely by donations with the majority of donations received from area churches. They have an all-volunteer team that helps and this would not be possible without the community support from the area churches in Jackson County. Operation C.A.R.E. services include help with utility bills, clothing, food, medical prescriptions, emergency travel funds, emergency lodging and budget planning. Their mission is to nourish the body and the spirit of men, women and children in the community by helping them see their potential, value and worth, to offer a hand, and to help them pull themselves up in their time of hardship. Their ultimate goal is to teach all to be good stewards of the resources God provides for them.
About AgPreference and the Farm Credit System
AgPreference, ACA, headquartered in Altus, is a borrower-owned federally chartered financial institution with over $228 million in total assets. The association provides financing and other services to farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses in southwest Oklahoma and in 23 states around the country via partnerships with other financial institutions. It is 1 of the 93 banks, associations, service corporations and special-purpose entities that make up the nationwide network of The Farm Credit System. Collectively, the Farm Credit System has assets of $280 billion, nearly 500,000 member borrowers, and more than 12,000 employees with coverage in every county of the 50 states, plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico. For more information on AgPreference, visit www.agpreference.com.
CoBank is a $107 billion cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. The bank also provides wholesale loans and other financial services to affiliated Farm Credit associations serving farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country. The bank is headquartered outside Denver, Colorado with banking centers across the U.S. and also maintains an international representative office in Singapore. For more information on CoBank, visit www.cobank.com.
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