COVID-19 has taken a toll on all of us — unfortunately, this includes children. The pandemic caused dramatic increases in food insecurity in groups and communities around the world.
With your help, Greater Good Charities teamed up with 12 Tomatoes to partner with many organizations to provide help for communities in need for our COVID-19 Response - Food for Kids campaign.
Here is a snapshot of how your support impacted communities around the country
Central California Food Bank
The Central California Food Bank provides food for over 280,000 hungry children and adults every month! We provided a grant to cover costs for school food distributions in rural areas of central California. This covered food boxes for children and their families as well as the cost of their summer feeding programs. This ultimately allowed for 100 households to not have to worry about buying groceries or wonder where their children’s next meal would come from.
Volunteers loading up cars with food at a School Food Distribution.
Photo © Central California Food Bank
Three Square (Southern Nevada)
Before the pandemic, Three Square provided food to many community partners, distributing over 41 million meals in 2019. However, when the initial lockdown occurred due to COVID-19, Three Square’s network of 420 partners was reduced to 10!
This resulted in the Three Square taking direct action by opening a drive-thru food distribution that fed over 1,200. With donations from people like you, we provided a grant to provide food packs for children in need and distribute 3,955 meals to food insecure Southern Nevadans.
Image above displays Check out this drive thru distribution, created by Three Square, that fed over 1,200
Photo © Three Square
Mississippi Food Network
We partnered with Mississippi Food Network, which provides nourishing food to Mississippians in need, to supplement their summer meals program in the town of Mayersville, located in rural Issaquena County, MS. This included 59 shelf stable cases for summer meals, with each case containing five lunches and breakfasts, five shelf-stable juices and ten shelf-stable milks!
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
We partnered with Second Harvest to provide food, masks, and other PPE for their communities. This grant freed up funds for the organization to purchase other essential items.
Banco de Alimentos Puerto Rico, Inc
Banco de Alimentos Puerto Rico serves those on the island who are food insecure through their many programs including Happy Backpack which provides food and food education to children of low-income families when schools are closed. Your donations fueled a grant which provided an additional 186 backpacks which contain five complete meals and four snacks.
You helped seniors too!
Jewish Senior Life
Aside from our Food for Kids Program, Greater Good Charities assisted other communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic including partnering with Jewish Senior Life to create the program Birdhouses for Seniors. This allowed residents to become creative and enthralled with painting birdhouses to their personal liking. The birdhouses lifted spirits, during a lonely and isolating quarantine, not just in the creation but in the aftermath of having birds come to their windows.
Thank you to all who have contributed or donated. None of this would be possible without your kindness and generosity.