The COVID-19 Food Stability Fund, created through a collaboration by 11 local companies, announced Thursday the awarding of $659,000 in grants to 50 Baltimore organizations providing food to Baltimore children, families and seniors.
The grants, ranging from $2,500 to $15,000, will allow the organizations to increase their programs that secure and deliver meals, groceries, and prepared foods for Baltimore families and seniors in neighborhoods with a deficit of food options as identified by the Mayor’s office. Those neighborhoods include: Harford, Echodale, Perring Parkway, Christopher, Wakefield, Ashburton, Forrest Park, Howard Park, Sandtown-Winchester, Harlem Park, Cedonia, Frankford, Brooklyn, Curtis Bay, Hawkins Point, Belair-Edison, Old Town, Allendale and Irvington.
The 50 organizations were selected after a public request-for-proposal-process.
The COVID-19 Food Stability Fund, housed and managed by the Fund for Educational Excellence, was initiated by the philanthropic representatives of local companies, including The Baltimore Ravens and The Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation, Bank of America, Bloomberg Philanthropies, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst), Comcast, BGE/Exelon/Constellation, Legg Mason, M&T Bank, T. Rowe Price, Under Armour and Wells Fargo.
The COVID-19 Food Stability Fund has raised $1.3 million, the remainder of which is being used by Baltimore City Public Schools to ensure meal delivery to students who are unable to access meal sites in Baltimore.
The recipient organizations are 40 West Assistance and Referral Center Inc., 4MYCITY INC, Action In Maturity Inc., ADOPT A BLOCK INC., An End to Ignorance, Inc. (Bmore Community Food), B.E.A.M. (Baltimore Economic Advancement Movement), Be a Chef for a Day – Italian Cultural Center INC, Breath of God Lutheran Church, CASA CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc., Child First Authority, Christ United Methodist Church (CUMC) Helping Hands Outreach Ministry, City of Refuge Baltimore Inc., Civic Works, Deaf Shalom Zone, Inc., Elev8 Baltimore, Inc., Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School, Empowerment Temple AME, First Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Fishes & Loaves Pantry Inc., Food Pantry at the Church of the Guardian Angel, Food Rescue Baltimore, Franciscan Center of Baltimore, Greenmount West Community Center Foundation, Harlem Park Community Development Corporation, Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School, Humanim Inc., Hungry Harvest LLC, Intersection of Change Inc., Jewish Community Services, Kingdom Life Church Apostolic, Liberty Grace Church of God / The Grace Foundation, Liberty Village Project, Manna House Inc., McElderry Park Community Association, Mera Kitchen Collective LLC, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (MWPH), No Boundaries Coalition/Fresh at the Avenue, Outcast Food Network (OFN), Promise Heights, So What Else Inc., Southeast Community Development Corporation (Southeast CDC), The Baltimore Free Farm, The Broken Wall Community Church Ltd, The Food Project, The Lazarus Rite Inc, The Movement Team Inc., Tubman House, United Methodist Community Services Food Pantry at Faith Community United Methodist Church, Y in Central Maryland.
The Fund for Educational Excellence is a nonprofit organization that expands resources, identifies and accelerates solutions, and recognizes excellence so that all children in Baltimore City Public Schools experience an effective and equitable education.