To satisfy the vital needs of the less fortunate, while encouraging
self-reliance and self-sufficiency.
Working families with children, senior citizens, and individuals with special needs often struggle to make ends meet. Many must allocate their limited resources to meet basic needs and some go without necessities like food or electricity. This year, the Foundation continued to award grants to agencies that support basic needs, like food, clothing, shelter and other direct aid to low income populations. Some of those agencies serve the elderly by providing services to help senior citizens live independently, such as Meals on Wheels. Food banks and schools work in conjunction to offer backpack programs to provide food on the weekends, kids’ cafes for after school meals, and summer feeding programs for economically disadvantaged children. Women’s and children’s shelters provide safe housing where those who have been abused can find food, clothing, life-skills education and work-placement programs. The Foundation supports other community agencies with the intention of reaching the greatest percentage of the underserved population.