Greenwich United Way CEO, David Rabin, sent a letter to all existing Community Investment grantees on May 24, with the news that the organization would be providing additional funds towards programs that met human service needs of the Greenwich community by June 30. "We will consider applications for funding for programs in the following three fields of service: Crisis/Self-Sufficiency, Children and Families and Older Adults," said Rabin.
Through this extension process the Greenwich United Way awarded The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County with an additional grant of $10,000 for its food distribution program that supports the hungry in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford and Wilton. This was in addition to a $15,000 grant received in February.
"The Food Bank is delighted to report that for the second time in the last six months, the Greenwich United Way has provided funding to help feed those in lower Fairfield County who are food insecure," said Executive Director at Food Bank, Kate Lombardo. She continued, "In this instance, The Food Bank was approved for a $10,000 award on June 26, 2017, as part of the Greenwich United Way's Community Investment Process extension grant program. In February 2017, The Greenwich United Way had awarded The Food Bank a $15,000 grant".
The Greenwich United Way has granted more than $1 million since the beginning of 2017 to fund programs working to meet the human service needs of the Greenwich community as identified by the Greenwich United Way Needs Assessment. According to the 2016 Needs Assessment Executive Report, the role of the Greenwich United Way is more critical than ever before. Acting as a major grant maker and the “finder, funder and fixer” of human services issues in the community, the Greenwich United Way continues to be the safety net for residents in need. This periodic statistical portrait of the community demonstrated that the number of people who need help in the Greenwich community is growing by the fact that the percentage of children participating in the free/reduced lunch program in Greenwich has grown from 10.4% in 2009 to 15.2% today.
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