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May 10, 2021

GWCF grants $142K to nonprofits for hunger help

A roadside sign for the Worcester County Food Bank displays its logo. Courtesy | Worcester County Food Bank

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation has announced $142,000 in grants to 23 local organizations through the Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger.  

This is the 10th year the GWCF has made grants through the fund, which is a collaboration between the Worcester County Food Bank and the foundation aimed at achieving hunger-free communities.

The grants made this year will support efforts to address food insecurity by funding community education and engagement around the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, purchasing 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. 

“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,” Jean McMurray, CEO of the Worcester County Food Bank, said in a release.

The following organizations and programs received grants:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Worcester for community food assistance
  • Building Futures, Inc. 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, Inc. for Recovery Grows Worcester
  • Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc. 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, Inc. for an equipment purchase
  • Pernet Family Health Service, Inc. 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, Inc. for community and 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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