Juneau Community Foundation awards $20K in food grants

    Southeast Alaska Food Bank’s mobile pantry at Sealaska Plaza on April 15, 2020. (Photo by Michael Penn)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - In response to COVID-19, the Juneau Community Foundation established the 2020 Food Assistance Fund & 2020 Community Assistance Fund.

    In consultation with community leaders and other funders, the foundation will make granting decisions to address priority needs. The foundation is announcing the first two grants from these funds totaling $20,000 in support of food assistance. The foundation will work closely with these frontline partners on the need for and timing of additional grants. The first grant is $10,000 to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank.

    “The foundation lending a hand at this critical time has been huge for us. Their efforts significantly increased community awareness, raised much-needed funds, and also dramatically increased cash and food donations coming directly to us,” said food bank board president Dave Lefebvre.

    The second grant is $10,000 to the Juneau School District’s student food programs that have expanded to feed children seven days a week through their universal breakfast and lunch program, and the recently added, weekend "backpack program."

    "As a school district, we have embraced our role in supporting students, families, and our community in the area of food needs. We are so grateful for the continued role the Juneau Community Foundation has played in our efforts. This donation is incredible evidence of their commitment and support to our community." said JSD Superintendent Dr. Bridget Weiss.

    The 2020 Food Assistance Fund was established to raise funds primarily for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank. More than 200 people have donated over $45,000. The food bank has also seen donations directly to them increase greatly and is now in a better position to address community food needs today and in the months ahead.

    The 2020 Community Assistance Fund was established to address widespread immediate and long term challenges facing our community due to the coronavirus: health, safety, food security, and economic issues.

    The pandemic will require additional funding in order to respond to several urgent needs both today and in the weeks and months ahead. Individual donors and private foundations have contributed more than $75,000 to this fund.


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