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June 1, 2020
Funding for Local Nonprofits, Aid for Nonprofit Food Initiatives
May 5, 2020 — Nonprofits across Massachusetts continue to respond to the coronavirus crisis by granting funds to local agencies providing support to local communities and launching new initiatives to alleviate hunger by partnering with local businesses to provide meals.

Community Foundation for Nantucket Grants $218K, Launches Emergency Food Initiative

The Community Foundation for Nantucket in Nantucket yesterday announced that since last week it has awarded an additional $218,000 to local nonprofits providing vital human services or organizations which need support to remain operational during and after the coronavirus crisis.

Funds were granted from the foundation's Nantucket Fund for Emergency Relief, established to provide COVID-19 relief.

“As the COVID-19 Crisis continues to impact Nantucket, it has become clear just how important the Nantucket Fund for Emergency Relief is. Our grant making has been a vital resource to our human service organizations and year-round community. This new matching gift challenge will allow us to continue to make a difference and help our nonprofit community,” said Geoff Verney, CFN board president.

New grantees include Nantucket Community School and National Alliance on Mental Illness on Nantucket.

The foundation said it also launched the Nantucket Fund for Emergency Relief Food Initiative, which partners human service nonprofits with local restaurants to provide weekly or biweekly meals to each nonprofit’s constituents. On average this initiative funds 700 meals a week and demand is growing.

The following partnerships have been established:
  • A Safe Place and the BEET
  • Artists Association of Nantucket and Faregrounds Restaurant
  • Fairwinds, Nantucket’s ”“ Counseling Center and Faregrounds Restaurant
  • Health Imperatives on Nantucket and The Culinary Center
  • Housing Nantucket and Charlie Noble
  • Nantucket Boys & Girls Club and The Breeze at Nantucket Hotel
  • Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Annye’s Wholefoods
  • Saltmarsh Senior Center / First Congregational Churchand or, The Whale / Sandbar

    Tufts Health Plan Foundation Grants $40K to Mass. Nonprofits

    The Tufts Health Plan Foundation yesterday announced it will grant $10,000 to each of four Massachusetts nonprofits providing critical services to people impacted by the COViD-10 pandemic.

    Tom Croswell, who serves on the Tufts Health Plan Foundation board of directors, said, “The recipients of these grants are on the front line of this pandemic, helping some of those who have been the hardest hit by the coronavirus. We are immensely grateful to these organizations for working with communities at greatest risk and taking such a lead in this time of crisis.”

    Receiving the grants are the following:
    • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Boston
    • The Carroll Center for the Blind, Newton
    • New England Center and Home for Veterans, Boston
    • Women's Lunch Place, Boston
    The grants are in addition to $1 million that the foundation has committed to support organizations responding to the coronavirus crisis.

    Rachel’s Table Announces New Initiative to Feed Hungry Neighbors

    Rachel’s Table in Springfield, a project of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts that works to alleviate hunger and reduce food waste in western Massachusetts, recently announced that it is rolling out a program which matches shelters, soup kitchens, and pantries in need with local restaurants.

    Launched with funding from Jace Sadowsky, a local activist, the effort looks to help local residents community impacted by the pandemic.

    The initiative is part of Rachel’s Table’s Healthy Community Emergency Food Fund. Rachel’s Table is purchasing ground meat, chicken, and produce for agencies in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties, and has already delivered to 20 agencies.

    The effort was support by a $10,000 matching grant from Alissa and Steve Korn.

    "Now more than ever, with 10 million Americans filing for unemployment in the past two weeks, our pantries and soup kitchens will be needing more food," the nonprofit noted.
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