Partners for Health has awarded grants totaling $315,000 to support local soup kitchens, food pantries and organizations working to address and prevent both hunger and homelessness. This includes emergency COVID-19 grants of $95,000 that were awarded in the spring, and another $220,000 for year-end matching gifts from members of the community.
Contributions made directly to the following organizations were eligible for a $1 for $1 match through the Foundation’s 8th Holiday Matching Grants Program: City Green, Family Promise of Essex County, HOMECorp, Human Needs Food Pantry, MESH (Montclair Emergency Services for Hope), Montclair Community Farms, Nutley Family Service Bureau, Saint Peter’s Haven Healthy Food Pantry & Family Shelter in Clifton, The Salvation Army and Toni’s Kitchen.
COVID-19 has challenged each of us, with a disproportionate impact on community members who were already struggling to cover essential expenses. Pam Scott, Executive Director of Partners for Health, notes, “The community pulled together to respond to the pandemic, and the Foundation was proud to do its part by providing funds to support the local safety net.”