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YMCA of the Capital Area Receives $100,000 Grant from Albertsons Companies

by Kristen Hogan | Jan 07, 2021

YMCA of the Capital Area Receives $100,000 Grant from Albertsons Companies Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative 

[BATON ROUGE, LA. January 7, 2021]– YMCA of the Capital Area received a $100,000 grant to support hunger relief efforts in 2021, courtesy of Albertsons Companies and Albertsons Companies Foundation Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative.

“We’re grateful to Albertsons Companies Nourishing Neighbors for awarding us this grant so we can help the most vulnerable members of our community, who face food insecurity on a regular basis; no one should have to go hungry.,” said Christian Engle, YMCA of the Capital Area, President/CEO.

With food insecurity on the rise, the Y is expanding its food distribution program to support the Greater Baton Rouge area. The COVID-19 crisis brought into sharp focus the social and economic inequities plaguing our communities, and basic food for kids is one of the most urgent needs right now. One in 4 children don’t know where their next meal will come from since the pandemic hit, and we want to see our kids grow up strong and nutrition is a major component of creating that outcome. 

Albertsons Companies and Albertsons Companies Foundation Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative was established to help families impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. More than $77 million has been donated this year alone to help food banks, schools and senior centers launch or maintain their meal programs. This round of Nourishing Neighbors grants focuses on the needs of marginalized communities, which have been particularly hard hit. Roughly 86 percent of Latino households with children and 66 percent of Black households with children reported serious financial problems during the pandemic. Across the board, the numbers are staggering. 

“We’re distributing almost $14 million in grants to great community organizations that are dedicated to helping where the need is most urgent,” said Christy Duncan Anderson, Albertsons Companies Foundation President and Executive Director. “We’re proud to partner with YMCA of the Capital Area so that, together, we can make a difference in the lives of the people who are disproportionately at risk of hunger.”

    

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