More than 840 community members opened their hearts and wallets during the 2017 holiday season, donating $450,000+ to the Matching Grants Program sponsored by Partners for Health Foundation. With the Foundation’s $1 to $1 match, grants totaling more than $900,000 have been distributed to 11 local soup kitchens, food pantries and agencies that provide services to those who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.
Pam Scott, Executive Director of Partners for Health, remarked, “Since 2014, the Foundation’s Matching Grants program has generated donations of close to $1 million and resulted in grants totaling $1.9 million. These funds enhance efforts to fight hunger and homelessness, helping our neighbors in need at a time when they need it most.”
“The matching grants program encourages donors large and small to invest in improving the overall health of our communities. We are proud to be included in this visionary program which is transforming our work,” said Anne Mernin, Director of Outreach at Toni’s Kitchen. “Funds will be used immediately to expand our Healthy Backpack program and to improve our Take-Away Food program for onsite meal guests. We will also expand volunteer opportunities in response to the community's growing interest in understanding and addressing food needs.”