A major announcement from the Mosaic Company earlier this week, as it was announced that 2.5 million dollars in funding would be divvied out to non-profit groups throughout the province.
4 local organizations made the cut and will receive the funding over the next 3 years, including the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank
Assistant Manager of the Moose Jaw Food Bank Deann Little talks about the impact the funding will make;
"It helps us greatly because our donations - monetary wise have been down the last couple of years. We haven't been meeting our budget, so its just really exciting knowing that we will get to keep our doors open, keep going, and helping those that need our services. It's very exciting for us to get a corporation to come on board and be willing to walk with us the next couple of years and help support us"
Little says there are a couple of areas which could use the boost in funding;
"Probably just into our general donations at the moment. Most of our expenses come out of that. We do purchase meat, milk, and eggs for our hampers to go, and of course, there's rent and wages here for four of us. That's what part of it will be going toward"
Another organization receiving funding is Riverside Mission
Rachel Mullens, interim manager;
"Its a pretty awesome feeling to know that Mosaic thinks that our not-for-profit is a valuable source to donate to. Its good to know that they value us and see us as a good partner to invest in".
Mullens says they aren't sure yet where the funding will go, but that it will be put to good use;
"It will be a 3-year donation platform we will create with them. It will help us to really look into the future to see what we can do with those funds, and expand what we already do. We just wanted to say how grateful we are to organizations like Mosaic who take opportunities to reach into their communities and bless us with these types of donations. They certainly help us to continue to do what we do, and to do it well".
The other 2 local not-for-profit organizations to receive funding were Hunger in Moose Jaw and the Mosaic Food Farm in Wakamow Valley.