Delta Dental Foundation grants funding to 10 Indiana organizations providing food assistance
Okemos, Michigan— The Delta Dental Foundation announced the second round of recipients from its $500,000 COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund.
Funding was awarded to 10 Indiana organizations that provide food assistance. With unemployment at the highest rates since the Great Depression, food banks are overwhelmed by the rising demand for services. In some areas of the state, the need for food assistance has increased by 60 percent.
“Our food banks and food pantries are seeing much more need, while at the same time they have lost regular donations. To keep their clients and staff safe they are having to change how they distribute food which takes more staff time and packaging,” said Holli Seabury, executive director of the Delta Dental Foundation.
Along with funding, grantees will receive toothbrushes and educational materials detailing the importance of oral health in preventing COVID-19 and other illnesses. They will also receive information on how to locate a dental clinic in the event of an emergency.
One of the recipients was Community Harvest Food Bank in Fort Wayne.
“This gift from Delta Dental Foundation means that thousands of struggling families will get much-needed food assistance,” said Carmen Cumberland, Community Harvest executive president. “With more and more people finding themselves in economic or health crises due to COVID-19, this generous funding will provide meals and hope to kids, seniors, Veterans, and families throughout Northeast Indiana.”
The COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund will release a third and final round of funding to nonprofit agencies that have a health and wellness focus.
For a full list of grantees, visit deltadentalmi.com/COVID-19grantees.