Macedonia FACE Provides Food, Care for Residents amid COVID-19 with CARE Fund GrantLeave a Comment
The Neighborhood Allies CARE Fund was created in response to the rising need for support among our partners and allies working to get food, protective equipment, and other vital materials to residents in our neighborhoods. As part of our overall COVID Accelerated Relief Effort (CARE) Package, the fund aimed to address the food, health, and safety priorities of our communities as well as help to stabilize the organizations carrying out this important work.
In April 2020, in response to the rising challenges brought into our communities by the pandemic, we created our CARE Package to help our neighbors in any way that we could. The CARE Fund was an integral part of that package, focusing on providing financial support to organizations that were working to address food, health and safety needs in our neighborhoods. We even paused our traditional grant-making so that we could provide funds to those working so tirelessly to provide these essentials to their fellow community members.
We knew that our fund was not large enough to address all the challenges related to COVID-19 or assist all the organizations who were struggling to keep up. However, we hoped to stabilize some of our communities and partners as well as create a positive impact in the lives of those that we were able to reach, and in the communities that they live in, work in, or serve. We were able to provide 10, $10,000 grants to community organizations.
This is one example of our CARE Investments at work on the ground.
Macedonia FACE, located in the Hill District, is one of the organizations that we were able to support at a time when demand for their services was rising exponentially. Their mission has always been to encourage the development of healthy families, and they have always worked to meet the basic needs of their neighbors with programs and services such as Meals on Wheels; case management and referrals to housing, employment, clothing, and food; helping families create problem-solving family plans for stress; and much more. However, amid the pandemic, FACE expanded its basic programming dramatically to reach the increasing need of families.
Between April and November of 2020, Macedonia FACE served a total of 964 households:
- 40 families with children developed family plans for stressors.
- 160 families received warm referrals to community partners for support.
- $48,500 was provided in housing and utilities support.
- 16,099 meals were delivered to 293 seniors.
- 463 health and wellness calls were made to seniors.
- 90 deliveries of shelf-stable food were made to families in the Hill District.
- 42 people living with HIV were supported with case management.
Neighborhood Allies’ grant specifically supported food deliveries and distribution of “COVID kits” with personal protective equipment, sanitizer, cleaning supplies, and other essential items to Hill District residents.
With this funding, Macedonia FACE was able to actively screen for food insecurity among their clients from the Hill District, regardless of what program or service they were participating in. Simultaneously, the deliveries of food and supplies to new clients also helped them to establish or deepen connections to families, often resulting in the organization assisting with referrals or other services needed. FACE’s ability to provide full wrap-around services allowed them to serve residents wholly, ensuring that many of their needs were met in one place, further building trust with the community.
One example of this cross-pollination is when a client stated that she had run out of food and was low on her medication during her health and wellness check-in. FACE was able to address the food issues within hours by delivering a box of produce from the Meals on Wheels staging kitchen and to assist with the medication issues the next day. The woman’s prescription was delivered the following day, before she had run out altogether. FACE staff also ensured that she was kept on a list for Lunchbox supplementary food deliveries.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the racial and economic disparities in our nation and in our community in a way that is unmistakable,” said Dr. Trisha Gadson, Macedonia FACE CEO. “As a Black-led organization with deep cultural and historic roots in the Hill District, FACE has been able to step up and meet drastically increased demand. Our community is resilient in a way that most others in this country are never required to be. However, the pandemic has renewed FACE’s commitment to addressing disparities – in health, educational and advancement opportunity, and economic mobility – that affect the African American family and other vulnerable populations.”