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June 14, 2021
 
Gr. Worcester Comm. Foundation Grants $142K to 23 Nonprofits
Greater Worcester Community Foundation

May 11, 2021 — The Greater Worcester Community Foundation yesterday announced it granted $142,000 to 23 local organizations to aid efforts to address food insecurity, which it said increased significantly due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF) said the funds will support community education and engagement around the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), purchasing farm equipment for nonprofit farms to grow more fresh produce for distribution, and helping food pantries and meal programs expand their services to senior citizens and other vulnerable populations.

The grants were made in collaboration with the Worcester County Food Bank, based in Shrewsbury.

“Over the past year, the pandemic exposed and exacerbated a food insecurity problem that already affected far too many of our neighbors in Worcester County,” said Jean G. McMurray, CEO of the Worcester County Food Bank. “This year’s Fund to End Hunger grants recognize the dedication, effort, resiliency, and compassion of local agencies in providing food and nutrition resources to our neighbors under very challenging circumstances.”

“We are awarding more than ever in this year’s Fund to End Hunger Grants because we are determined to address ongoing inequities in our community,” said Carolyn Stempler, GWCF interim president and CEO. “The foundation is proud to leverage its resources and its strong, longstanding partnerships with organizations like the Worcester County Food Bank to be a force for positive, lasting change.”

Receiving the grants were the following:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Worcester for Community Food Assistance
  • Building Futures, for Addressing Food Insecurity at the WHA
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Worcester for Emergency Stabilization Services
  • Community Harvest Project for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Hunger Relief
  • Dismas House of Massachusetts, for Recovery Grows Worcester
  • Family Health Center of Worcester, for Food Distribution for Homeless Patients
  • Growing Places Garden Project for Fresh Food Equity
  • Jeremiah's Inn for the Nutrition Center
  • Lucy's Love Bus for Lucy's Emergency Fund
  • Nativity School of Worcester for the Food Pantry
  • Net of Compassion for the Main Street Saturday Program
  • Our Father's House, for an Equipment Purchase
  • Pernet Family Health Service, for the Emergency Assistance Program
  • Project New Hope for the Food and Baby Pantry
  • Quinsigamond Community College Foundation for the Food Pantry and Resource Center
  • Quinsigamond Village Community Center for the Food Pantry
  • Rachel's Table for Food Rescue
  • Regional Environmental Council, for Community & Mobile Markets
  • Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts for Food and Hot Meal Delivery Program
  • Spanish American Center, Inc for Reaching Out to Elders in the Time of COVID
  • United Way of Tri-County for WHEAT Community Connections
  • Winchendon Community Action Committee for Food Distribution
  • YMCA of Central Massachusetts for the Home Meal Delivery Program
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