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    MFA Oil Awards Two Grants

    Nonprofit foundation established to improve communities where the co-op has a significant concentration of members, employees.

    CALIFORNIA, Mo. -- Grants have been awarded to two local Missouri organizations by the MFA Oil Foundation, according to Californiademocrat.com.

    The foundation was established in 1998 and provides support for nonprofit organizations working to improve communities where MFA Oil has a significant concentration of members and employees.

    MFA Oil President Jerry Taylor described the foundation as "a program that allows our company to given support back to the small towns and communities that are the foundation of our business."

    Taylor said there are three areas of focus for selecting grant recipients: programs 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.

    California Progress Inc. (CPI) received $2,000 to purchase additional sound equipment for the newly renovated Finke Theatre. It is expected to seat about 380 when completed.

    The California Nutrition Center also received a grant of $2,000 to help with the purchase of a back-up generator for the facility. According to board president James Canter, the center's designation as a heat and cold shelter in the city makes a back-up generator necessary.

    MFA Oil Co. is a farmer-owned cooperative with more than 40,000 members. The company supplies fuels, lubricants, propane and tires to customers in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas 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.

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