Columbia, MO: January 21, 2013 — The MFA Oil Foundation has awarded a grant to the HARVEST HOUSE, INC. to be applied toward the cost of installing a new HVAC system in the facility.
The MFA Oil Foundation, which was established in 1998, provides support to nonprofit organizations that are working to improve communities where MFA Oil has a significant concentration of members and employees.
MFA Oil President Jerry Taylor described the MFA Oil Foundation as "a program that allows our company to give support back to the small towns and rural communities that are the foundation of our business." He said focus for selecting grant recipients is on three areas: programs designed to build knowledge and leadership skills of rural youth; agricultural and cooperative education programs; and organizations active in addressing and solving community problems and improving the quality of life.
MFA Oil Company is a farmer-owned cooperative with more than 40,000 members. The company supplies fuels, lubricants, and propane to customers in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Indiana, Kentucky and Iowa. Through a subsidiary, MFA Oil operates Break Time convenience stores in Missouri and Arkansas and Jiffy Lube and Big O Tire franchises in central Missouri.
Harvest House opened in 1990 with the purpose of providing the basic needs of the homeless with food, shelter, clothing and counseling. Each client is provided a bedroom and access to a communal restroom, kitchen and living room. Laundry facilities are also available to clients. They emphasize self-help, employment, encouragement, counseling and budgeting to facilitate economic independence. Services are free and open to men, women and families without regard to handicap, color, age, gender, race, religion, sexual preference or national origin.