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Dare to Care awards grants to nonprofits in COVID-19 relief; nearly $264K invested for food assistance

Dare to Care has awarded grants to build the capacity of eleven nonprofits who partner with it to provide groceries to struggling families and individuals.

These investments, ranging from $5,000 to $77,200, will support improvements to increase food access for those impacted by the pandemic. This investment, totaling $263,971, was made possible by a grant to Dare to Care from Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund.

“Our partner agencies have excelled in their service to our community this year,” said Brian Riendeau, Dare to Care Executive Director. “With their help and dedication, Dare to Care has been able to respond to the challenges that the pandemic presented.

“With this investment, we ensure that our partner network remains strong for the months ahead. This recovery will be a marathon, not a sprint, and we need strong partners to ensure our neighbors are fed, no matter what comes our way.”

Dare to Care’s grants went to the following nonprofits:

• Neighborhood House— Food pantry expansion project— $77,200
• First Baptist Church of Fairdale— Farm-fresh food, additional staff, and equipment— $64,000
• Sister Visitor— Improved client experience at the food pantry — $45,000
• Center for Lay Ministries— Food, additional staff, and enclose outside areas— $25,000
• Walnut Street Baptist Church— Box truck and walk-in freezer— $10,000
• The Lord’s Kitchen— Walk-in freezer — $10,000
• Serenity Center— Operations support — $10,000
• Redeemer Food Pantry— Shopping carts, personal hygiene items, and shelving— $8,150
• Fellowship Baptist Church— Food pantry storage— $5,285
• First Baptist of Taylorsville— Food and freezer— $5,000
• Lincoln Hills UMC Food Pantry— Freezer and cooler— $4,336

Since March, Dare to Care rapidly ramped up distribution, providing more food than ever in its 50-year history.

From Dare to Care

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