The Community Health Foundation has given $225,000 in grant awards to nonprofit organizations throughout Clark and Champaign counties.
This is the fifth year that CHF has awarded large grants to area nonprofits. Organizations had to go through an application process before being hand-selected by the CHF board to receive a grant.
“We are really pleased we are able to support so many non-profit organizations,” said Joan Elder, Program Coordinator for the Community Health Foundation. “We have had a relationship with many of these nonprofits for many years and to get to see these program grow, and address the needs of the community, is a special thing.”
Organizations in Clark and Champaign counties who received grants from CHF ranged from the Champaign County YMCA to Planned Parenthood. Programs were selected by CHF because they, “are important to maintain health and wellness.”
“Safety net services, such as food pantries and access to health care, ensure people can meet their basic needs,” Elder said.
The funds used for the grants is set aside in CHF budget every year.
“The money just comes straight out of our budget but it’s something this is previously accounted for,” Elder said.
Community Health Foundation’s mission is to preserve reproductive services, to promote health and wellness and to advocate for quality health care through grant making and education in Clark and Champaign counties, according to their website.
Second Harvest Foodbank in Springfield was one of nine organizations to receive a $10,000 grant.
The food bank applied for the grant to help fund their, “Summer Power Pack,” program.
The program is run in coordination with the Summer Food Service Program where Clark County children under the age of 18-years-old can receive a free lunch Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
“On Thursday, kids are given a pack to take home with things like berries, fruits and vegetables,” said Tyra Jackson, Executive Director of the Second Harvest Foodbank. “The grant will go towards helping fund the produce.”
Jackson said the grant has helped to support the food bank’s mission of promoting healthy eating.
“The food bank is passionate about health and healthy eating,” Jackson said. “This is a huge support for us, the kids and families are excited to get their packs every week. People think that children and adults don’t want to eat healthy, it’s just expensive. Sometimes people just need help.”
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