The Monsanto Co. donated $20,000 to the Western Growers Foundation to support the group’s school garden program.

The donation will help teach children at 20 schools the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables, according to a news release.

Eduardo Flores, plant operations lead for Monsanto, presented the check to Paula Olson, vice president of marketing for Western Growers.

“Monsanto Fund is focused on strengthening farming communities, as well as communities where Monsanto’s employees live and work,” Flores said in the release. “(Western Growers School Gardens Program) is a positive influence on the community and Monsanto Fund believes in investing in valuable community programs.”

Olson said the gardens help teach children the importance of fruits and vegetables to fight obesity and other health concerns.

“If they grow it, they’ll eat it,” Olson said in the release.

To learn more about the School Gardens Program visit its website.