May 20, 2018
Support to Fight Hunger, and for Bay State Cultural Nonprofits

July 17, 2017 — The Greater Worcester Community Foundation has awarded grants to 18 regional nonprofit organizations to help fight hunger...The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center in Springfield gets unexpected donation...The Highland Street Foundation is enabling 85 cultural nonprofits statewide to provide free admission this summer.

Greater Worcester Community Foundation Awards $46K to Help End Hunger

The >a href="" target=_blank> Greater Worcester Community Foundationthis week announced it has awarded $46,740 to 18 regional nonprofit organizations as part of the Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger.

According to the foundation, those who received funding will create innovative and sustainable solutions to the problem of hunger through advocacy and programs that incorporate practices that have shown promise throughout the country or in Worcester County.

“Many of the best approaches to addressing hunger arise from local communities and organizations working together,” said Jean McMurray, executive director of the Worcester County Food Bank. “We’re excited that the Fund is a meaningful resource to the efforts of many community partners.

Receiving grants to help end hunger were:
  • Boys & Girls Club of Worcester: $2,500 for Kids Cafe
  • Catholic Charities Worcester County: $3,000 for homeless prevention program - SNAP
  • Centro, Inc.: $2,200 for Community Support Program for Food Assistance
  • Community Harvest Project, Inc.: $3,000 for farming equipment
  • Dismas House of Central Massachusetts: $3,000 for Recovery Grows Worcester
  • Friendly House: $3,000 for food pantry operations
  • Gardner Community Action Committee, Inc.: $1,000 for food distribution - Tasting Tuesday
  • Gedakina, Inc.: $2,500 for Nature's Gardens
  • Growing Places Garden Project, Inc.: $2,800 for healthy food access at Farmers Markets
  • Jeremiah's Inn: $3,000 for nutrition center and community garden
  • Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center: $2,900 for food pantry operations
  • Our Father's House, Inc.: $2,000 for Fitchburg Community Food Pantry
  • Rachel's Table: $1,500 for Rachel’s Table Food Rescue program
  • Rainbow Child Development Center: $2,840 for nutrition education program
  • Regional Environmental Council: $3,000 for incentive program at Farmers Markets
  • Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts: $3,000 for Cultural Food for Body and Mind
  • Spanish American Center: $2500 for food pantry operations
  • YMCA of Central Massachusetts: $3,000 for Garden Program at Central Community Branch

Forest Park Zoo Gets $20K Donation

The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center, a Springfield nonprofit on 735 wooded acres that is dedicated to wildlife education, recently received a $20,000 donation from the Springfield Thunderbirds, a minor professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League.

Thunderbirds Executive Vice President Nathan Costa, quoted on WWLP, said of the Zoo, “It’s a really good thing to have in the market and a really good thing for kids to be able to take part of. So that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re just trying to support other local establishments that are like us, that are trying to do the right thing by the community."

For more than 50 years, the Zoo has served the local community, welcoming 44,000 visitors annually.

Highland Street Foundation Partners with 85 Massachusetts Nonprofit

The Highland Street Foundation for the ninth year is sponsoring a program that will provide free entrance on Fridays this summer to 85 cultural nonprofits across Massachusetts, part of an effort to help increase awareness of smaller institutions.

The Free Fun Friday program has provided more than $5 million to support the program since it began in 2009, which has drawn more than 900,000 participants. In its first year, Free Fun Fridays drew 60,000 to 10 museums.

This year's program launched last month, and will run through the Aug. 18.

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