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Growers Establish Foundation To Help Farmworkers With Child Care, Health Care and Education
Date:3/24/2009

in. Farmworkers have been totally receptive to learning about HIV/AIDS, and many have already received testing."

In addition to Hester, an Orlando attorney, other members of the foundation's board of directors are Bob Spencer, vice president of sales and marketing for Palmetto, Fla.-based West Coast Tomato; Wes Wheeler, a Winter Haven attorney; and Reggie Brown, executive vice president of the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange.

About FCSF

Based in Maitland, Fla., the FCSF is a non-profit organization that provides child care, health care and educational opportunities to farmworkers and their families living in Florida.

About CHS

Collier Health Services (CHS) is a private, not-for-profit "safety net" health-care provider with 12 health and dental care facilities located throughout Collier County, including the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. It offers basic primary and preventive medical and dental health care services. It provides services to approximately 45,000 patients (around 29,000 of whom are children), which comes to about 186,000 patient visits every year.

About RCMA

Based in Immokalee, the Redlands Christian Migrant Association was founded in 1965 in the Redlands farming area of southern Miami-Dade County to provide children of migrant workers with a safe place to go while their parents worked in the fields. Today, RCMA is the state's largest nonprofit childcare provider, serving more than 8,000 children of working-poor families in 21 Florida counties.

RCMA operates more than 70 childcare centers and two charter schools. RCMA is funded primarily by federal, state and local grants, as well as the generosity of businesses, individuals, the United Way, the Naples Children and Education Foundation and other organizations. For more information, see '/>"/>

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