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Farm Credit of the Virginias Makes $15,000 Christmas Donation to Local Charities

This week, Farm Credit of the Virginias, a lending cooperative that provides financing to farmers, agribusinesses and rural home-owners in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, pledged a donation of $15,000 divided amongst four local charities. The annual Christmas donation was made on behalf of their customer-owners and business affiliates.

The four organizations selected for the association’s 2019 Christmas donation include: the Mountaineer Foodbank – Veteran Table, a program offering monthly food boxes distributed through the Veteran’s Affairs hospital and or clinics; Creative Works Farm, the host of summer camps for special needs and at-risk children; the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition, an initiative to strengthen WV agriculture and ensure all residents have access to locally sourced food; and the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture – Veteran Program, a 12-month educational program in which veterans are trained to farm and provided market access opportunity.

Peery Heldreth, Chief Executive Officer of Farm Credit of the Virginias, said, “Our association is proud to back these four deserving organizations and support their endeavors to strengthen the rural communities we serve. Each of the programs we’ve selected this year bring good people together to achieve a greater common good, we’re honored to play a small role in the advancement of their efforts.”

About Farm Credit of the Virginias

Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $1.8 billion dollars in financing to more than 11,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners throughout Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland. Farm Credit is a cooperative capitalized largely through investments made by farmers, ranchers and the rural homeowners and businesses that borrow from them.  In fact, as part of a nationwide network they are the largest single provider of agricultural credit in the United States and have been for over 100 years.  Farm Credit helps maintain and improve the quality of life in rural America and on the farm through its constant commitment to competitive lending,  expert financial services and for facilitating and sharing knowledge and resources through the Farm Credit Knowledge Center.   For more information, visit or

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