Upshur County wins $25k grant for backpack program

State Farm Agent Kelly Tierney gathers with local officials to present UES with the winning check

BUCKHANNON —Officials from many local offices recently joined together at Union Elementary School to congratulate Upshur County’s Foundation for Better Schools for winning the State Farm grant to support the Go Wild Feed a Child program.

Local State Farm Agent Kelly Tierney spoke to the students and teachers of UES, praising how much the county and its residents have done to help achieve this goal for Upshur County. State Farm Neighborhood Assist is a program created to support individuals and communities as they work together to improve neighborhoods. The program aims to highlight and encourage partnerships through a crowd-sourced philanthropic program.

Each year, 2,000 non-profit organizations from across the country submit applications seeking funding from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program for their respective causes. The top 200 finalists are determined by the State Farm review committee, then compete for the popular vote and a chance to be awarded a grant from the program.

During the 10-day voting period last month, 125,000 people cast more than 3 million votes in support of their favorite causes. When voting ended, 40 communities in 18 states were selected by voters across the United States.

At the celebration last Wednesday, Tierney announced that Upshur County was selected to receive one of the highly sought after grants, thanks to the hard work of the Foundation for Better Schools, diligence of grant submitters Kenna Leonard and Vanessa Perkins, and faithful voters in Upshur County supporting the Go Wild Feed a Child Backpack Program.

The county-wide Backpack Program has reportedly fed over 1,800 children who depend on the program’s assistance. Through countless nights of voting, Tierney was happy to present a grant award check of $25,000 to Upshur Schools for the program that will benefit students in need throughout Upshur County. The community truly rallied behind the submitters to bring funds to such an important program for the county, which will help ensure that no child ever goes hungry.

This story has been updated to reflect that Upshur County’s Foundation for Better School was awarded grant funding from State Farm, not solely Union Elementary School.

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