Higher Good Charities and actor Chris Pratt awarded almost $650,000 to 21 nonprofit organizations — together with a $10,000 grant to the Edmonds Food Bank — after profitable Feed Thy Neighbor initiative to fight meals insecurity throughout the U.S. that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Feed Thy Neighbor was created on account of the twin disaster effecting these making an attempt to battle meals insecurity that was attributable to the coronavirus pandemic,” stated Liz Baker, CEO of Higher Good Charities. “First there’s a meal scarcity for meals banks serving our most weak; in the meantime, these similar frontline teams are experiencing a decline in donations.”
Feed Thy Neighbor was conceptualized by Pratt and made doable by The Starvation Web site by GreaterGood, 12 Tomatoes, and Higher Good Charities. Pratt donated $100,000 in matching funds and inspired folks to donate for an opportunity to fulfill him by way of Zoom. He additionally hosted a star-studded New 12 months’s Eve Instagram Reside that included Robert Downey Jr., Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx and Bryce Dallas Howard.
How did such a donation come to Edmonds? Meals Financial institution Govt Director Casey Davis stated Higher Good Charities at one level had contacted the meals financial institution a few potential connection to its annual Empty Bowl occasion. Whereas that chance didn’t work out, Higher Good approached the meals financial institution later about collaborating within the Feed Thy Neighbor initiative.
Pratt additionally has ties to the realm. He’s from Lake Stevens and is the previous husband of one other well-known actor — Edmond-Woodway Excessive College grad Anna Faris.
“One in 4 children in America this yr might not know the place their subsequent meal is coming from,” Pratt stated.“ The necessity is actual. Persons are in ache.”
The Starvation Web site by GreaterGood and 12 Tomatoes lined all bank card processing charges in order that 100% of each greenback given helps, and Higher Good Charities granted out 100% of the funding obtained.
Half of all donations obtained from the Feed Thy Neighbor marketing campaign went to Feeding America to assist tackle the meal scarcity that’s hitting our nation’s meals banks. The opposite half are offered as money grants to front-line starvation aid organizations in areas hardest hit by the financial impacts of COVID-19 to make sure they can maintain their operations to assist individuals who want it most.
To see a whole record of the 21 grant recipients, go to feedthyneighbor.greatergood.com.
You’ll be able to watch a video that includes Edmonds Meals Financial institution representatives Pat Shields and Casey Davis under: