Surry’s Florence Reed Wins Humanitarian Award

SURRY — Surry resident Florence Reed has won the 2012 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service from the National Peace Corps Association.

Reed was honored for her years of dedication to her sustainable agriculture initiative, Sustainable Harvest International.

Reed, the president and founder of the organization, was unanimously selected from a group of 23 other nominees for the award.

Founded in 1997, Sustainable Harvest International addresses the tropical deforestation crisis in Central America by providing farmers with sustainable agriculture alternatives to slash-and-burn agriculture.

The Shriver Award is given to a returned Peace Corps volunteer who continues to make a sustained and distinguished contribution to humanitarian causes at home or abroad.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive the Sargent Shriver Distinguished Humanitarian Award and one that I feel Sustainable Harvest International deserves,” Reed said. “As for myself personally, I just consider myself very lucky to be accepting this award as the founder and president of the organization whose staff, volunteers, donors and program participants have been improving our world for the past 15 years.”

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