Officials with AFB International, a local company that manufactures pet food flavorants, presented $10,000 grants to two local programs -- Come and Dine and the Aurora Dawg Pound.

Officials with AFB International, a local company that manufactures pet food flavorants, presented $10,000 grants to two local programs -- Come and Dine and the Aurora Dawg Pound.

Liz Burdette presented the check to Barbara Wommack (photo at left), who went through a variety of emotions within a few seconds -- shock, disbelief, joy, thankfulness, etc. -- as she absorbed the fact the check was for $10,000.

Wommack, who is director of the Come and Dine program at First Baptist Church, said someone asked her recently for a figure representing the minimum amount of money necessary to keep the program going. Her answer was $10,000.

“I never thought I would get that much at once,” said Wommack.

The program runs for seven weeks during the summer months when children are not in school to receive two meals a day. The church has hosted the program for six years; totals meals served this year were 8,128. Several other churches assist in the program.

The Aurora Dawg Pound was the recipient of a similar grant in 2011 that allowed city staff embers to make repairs to the aging pound and implement a spay/neuter program. They estimate preventing 850 possible pets through the program. A volunteer group assists with advocating for the homeless and abandoned pets at the pound. This year’s grant will enable the group to continue the spay/neuter program and continue adoption efforts.

AFB is a subsidiary of Ensign-Bickford Industries. The Ensign-Bickford Foundation is the principal community involvement arm of the company and is funded by contributions from EBI and its subsidiaries. The foundation’s chief purpose is to make philanthropic gifts to charitable organizations and educational institutions located in communities where the company does business or where its employees live or have affiliations.

This year, the company asked its employees for input on who should be considered for this year’s grants. Main Street Aurora made the request on behalf of the two programs.