Community Foundation Helps Feed Miami County

Community Foundation Helps Feed Miami County

Pictured is Pastor Dwight Elliott accepting a pop-up grant to sponsor a Food Finders food drive at the Amboy Friends Church. The grant check was presented by MCCF board members Doug kuepper, Marcia Minard, and Rita Jackson, Connie Cutler.

For the past twenty-five years, the Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF) has supported local charitable organizations with the mission of forever improving the quality of life in Miami County.

A portion of the MCCF’s support has gone to social services. For example, just last year the MCCF awarded a $10,000 grant to United Way of Miami County for its Miami County Works program. This program enables individuals to receive skills necessary to obtain a job in order to support their families. The Community Foundation also helped individuals obtain bicycles for transportation to work through the Systems Of Care’s “Life Cycle” program.

Additionally, the Community Foundation addressed other social service needs last year by assisting local food pantries. $4,350 was given to the Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.’s Mobile Pantry Program, and $1,000 was awarded to Manna on Main Street’s soup kitchen.

Pictured is Amy Eckrote accepting a pop-up grant for Macy Food Pantry from Ann Friend and Rita Jackson of MCCF board.

Through its most recent round of pop-up grants, the MCCF chose to continue to support social services, specifically local food pantries. The MCCF recognizes that many families in our community suffer from food insecurity, meaning that local adults and children often do not know where their next meal will come from.

In order to alleviate this crisis and work toward a future where no Miami County citizen will go hungry, the MCCF gave $500 to Macy Food Pantry, $500 to Manna on Main Street in Peru, and $500 to Food Finders to sponsor a food drive in Amboy.

The surprise pop-up grants were awarded on March 28th and were a part of the Community Foundation’s year-long series of pop-up grants in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Through the grants to food assistance programs, the Community Foundation hopes to continue to work toward its mission of making Miami County an even better place for its citizens to live, work, and raise a family.

Pictured are MCCF board members presenting a pop-up grant to Herschel Manhart of Manna on Main Street.