Coronavirus Response: Community Foundation Grants $45,000 to REAL Services, Food Bank Partnership
Funding Will Provide and Deliver Meals to Vulnerable Seniors During Coronavirus Crisis
UPDATED 2/22/20: The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has announced a second $45,000 grant to REAL Services, which will sustain this program through the month of May.
In response to the tremendous need created by the current coronavirus crisis, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has approved a $45,000 grant to REAL Services to support a new partnership with the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. This partnership will provide and deliver food to approximately 1,000 low-income seniors who live in subsidized housing in St. Joseph County. Governor Holcomb’s current “stay at home” order means that many seniors— who are particularly at risk of complications caused by COVID-19 infection—have trouble securing food.
“Many of us who are younger and healthy are challenged in securing groceries for our families during this difficult time,” says Becky Zaseck, president and CEO of REAL Services. “These older adults typically do not have transportation and have limited incomes.”
Food deliveries will begin on Wednesday, April 1, and will be made once a week for a total of four weeks.