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September 20, 2020
Mass. Nonprofits Get $520K to Support, Expand Services

August 29, 2020 — Nonprofits in Martha's Vineyard, Taunton, Middleborough, and Framingham recently received $520,000 in grants to support and expand services focused on combatting food insecurity and providing bereavement services.

Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust Gets $250K for Community Food Program

Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust, a Menemsha nonprofit that preserves and promotes awareness of Martha's Vineyard fisheries, recently received a $250,000 grant to expand its Community Seafood Program, according to The Martha’s Vineyard Times

The grant will support the purchase of black sea bass and scup for fish chowder production to be donated to Island food organizations.

The grant came from Catch Together, a nonprofit organization that invests capital in support of fishermen, fishing communities, and ocean conservation throughout the country, according to a press release from the trust, the paper reported.

“It is exciting to see how the success from our pilot program with sea scallops has enabled us to expand to include black sea bass and scup — species that are abundant and caught in sustainable ways by our Island fishermen,” Trust Executive Director Shelley Edmundson was quoted.

Two Taunton Area Nonprofits Get $150K to Combat Food Insecurity

Two Taunton area nonprofits recently were awarded $150,557 to help combat food insecurity as part of the Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program, which helps ensure consistent access to healthy food for families and individuals in need throughout Massachusetts.

Receiving the grants, announced by Sen. Marc R. Pacheco of Taunton, as reported this week in Wicked Local Bridgewater, were:

  • Sacred Heart Outreach Pantry in Middleborough was granted $21,597 to purchase refrigerators and a freezer that will help expand capacity and enable the food pantry to store additional perishable products.

“As the economic effects of COVID-19 continue to present daunting challenges in our local communities, it is imperative that we continue to provide equitable access to fundamental necessities such as healthy food," Pacheco was quoted.

Jeff’s Place Children’s Bereavement Center Gets $120K in Grants

Jeff’s Place Children’s Bereavement Center, a Framingham nonprofit that provides services to grieving children, teens, families, and individuals, this week announced it recently received $120,662 in grants to support and expand services and general operations, as follows:

  • $50,000 from the New York Life Foundation to support bereavement program expansions.
  • $20,000 from the Sudbury Foundation to maintain and expand services and general operations.
  • $15,000 from the Foundation for MetroWest to support expansion and provision of critical bereavement support services for MetroWest youth and families as a result of COVID-19.
  • $10,000 from the MetroWest Health Foundation for safety repairs for its new house on Framingham’s Pleasant Street; move-in is expected in the fall.
  • $9,762 from the Parmenter Foundation to provide upgraded technology and enhanced operations resources to help ensure continuation of children’s bereavement services.
  • $5,000 from Foundation for MetroWest and MathWorks to provide immediate support in response to COVID-19.
  • $5,000 from the Haley Cremer Foundation to fund the a new Grief Orientation program.
  • $4,250 from the Foundation for MetroWest/Youth Development for general operations.
  • $1,000 from the Risa S.Rosengard Foundation for program costs.
  • $650 from the Metrowest Health Foundation for virtual support during COVID-19.

“We are grateful to each of the organizations that support us in our vision to ensure that no one grieves alone. These funds have enabled and will continue to enable us to reach our member families and individuals who are grieving and provide them with critical support during an especially trying time,” said Jenny Kaplan, CEO of Jeff’s Place.

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