HANCOCK COUNTY — A local resident who recently converted his 36-acre property into a nonprofit farm designed to feed the hungry recently received national recognition for his efforts.

Jonathan Lawler, president of Brandywine Creek Farms, received a surprise visit from Culver’s restaurants co-founder Craig Culver earlier this month.

Culver dropped by to recognize Lawler for his mission to donate more than 500,000 pounds of food to local food pantries and homeless shelters.

The company’s program, “Everyday Heroes,” shines light on residents who go above and beyond in their efforts to support others.

“Jonathan’s commitment to feeding his neighbors is a mission worth celebrating and supports,” wrote David Stidham, vice president of marketing for Culver’s, in a prepared statement.

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Daniel Morgan is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. He can be reached at (317) 477-3228 or dmorgan@greenfieldreporter.com.