CAHEC Foundation is a nonprofit affiliate of CAHEC that improves the quality of life for youth and young adults through wellness and education. Our focus of offering these life-changing initiatives began with CAHEC’s Community Investments, where over $15 million has been invested towards assisting residents and their communities – more than $6.3 million of which has been dedicated to wellness and education alone. By continuing to offer these initiatives, CAHEC Foundation creates opportunities that go beyond affordable housing to help low-income residents obtain the critical resources they need to succeed.

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CAHEC Foundation Sponsors 500,000 Meals During COVID-19 Pandemic

 

Towards the end of March, food banks throughout our footprint were beginning to see the impacts the coronavirus was leaving on the communities they serve. The demand for food assistance steadily increased throughout the country while food banks faced a shortage of donations and volunteers every month. On top of that, most schools converted to a virtual setting, forcing summer breaks to start earlier than usual. Ultimately, this created a surge for most food banks and the need for donations was greater than ever before.

Since the CAHEC Foundation has always supported food banks through our Nutrition Assistance Initiative, and because we offer a Disaster Relief Initiative to residents, we thought that combining these two resources would be a great way for us to give back. Our goal was to determine the food banks that served the highest number of CAHEC residents and then donate towards their summer childhood nutrition programs. “It’s important for us to continuously evaluate our initiatives and shift funding where the needs are greatest,” explained Stefanie Lee, Community Relations Specialist for CAHEC. “In this scenario, supporting the organizations who provide these essential services was an important step towards us meeting a critical need.”

 

The CAHEC Foundation was proud to donate $100,000 to provide over 500,000 meals to the following food banks:

CAHEC Foundation Sponsors 500,000 Meals During COVID-19 Pandemic

Towards the end of March, food banks throughout our footprint were beginning to see the impacts the coronavirus was leaving on the communities they serve. The demand for food assistance steadily increased throughout the country while food banks faced a shortage of donations and volunteers every month. On top of that, most schools converted to a virtual setting, forcing summer breaks to start earlier than usual. Ultimately, this created a surge for most food banks and the need for donations was greater than ever before.

Since the CAHEC Foundation has always supported food banks through our Nutrition Assistance Initiative, and because we offer a Disaster Relief Initiative to residents, we thought that combining these two resources would be a great way for us to give back. Our goal was to determine the food banks that served the highest number of CAHEC residents and then donate towards their summer childhood nutrition programs. “It’s important for us to continuously evaluate our initiatives and shift funding where the needs are greatest,” explained Stefanie Lee, Community Relations Specialist for CAHEC. “In this scenario, supporting the organizations who provide these essential services was an important step towards us meeting a critical need.”

The CAHEC Foundation was proud to donate $100,000 to provide over 500,000 meals to the following food banks:

Feed More – Richmond, VA

Since the pandemic began, we have witnessed firsthand the tremendous challenges our existing and many new clients are facing. It is our job and responsibility to look after our community in their times of need; our hearts go out to them and so will our food. In addition to the more than 270 food pantries, soup kitchens, and other nonprofits we work with to distribute food to those in need, Feed More distributes wholesome food directly to children and teens who struggle with hunger through our Kids Cafe, School Market, Summer Food Service Program, and weekend Backpacks. Without the support from compassionate organizations like the CAHEC Foundation, Feed More would not be able to meet the rising demand across Central Virginia and provide our neighbors with a hand up in their times of need.  

– Ruth Ann Caplice, Children’s Program Manager

feedmore.org

Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC – Raleigh, NC

Studies show that the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina will be seeing a long-term increase in need of roughly 38%. This means over 250,000 children in our service area will be food insecure. Over the past four months, we have worked to provide meals while children are out of school by starting our summer feeing program two months early, and because of donors like the CAHEC Foundation, we were able to distribute 10,000 meals per week. We are working with the school districts to see where the need exists as we move into the fall and how our Food Bank can support.

– Jenna Lynn Temple, Manager of Corporate Partnerships

foodbankcenc.org

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina – Charlotte, NC

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina supplies food and grocery items to charitable agencies that assist people in need. We also provide training, technical assistance, and hunger education to our partner agencies. Annually, we distribute over 60 million pounds of food to 24 counties: 14 in North Carolina and 10 in South Carolina. We’re thankful to everyone who has donated to the Food Bank during the COVID-19 pandemic; it is because of these donations that we were able to distribute over 8 million more pounds of food than last year during this same time!

– Donna Ragan, Marketing & Communications Manager

secondharvestmetrolina.org

Harvest Hope Food Bank – Columbia, SC

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of neighbors needing assistance has increased exponentially. With lost wages and closed schools, Harvest Hope has served almost 10-fold more than the same timeframe last year. The support of donors and community partners, like the CAHEC Foundation, allow Harvest Hope to keep our doors open and staff to focus on sourcing and distributing food to all who come for help. Together, we’re not just providing a meal, we’re providing hope around tables for a better tomorrow.” 

– Wendy Broderick, CEO

harvesthope.org/

Mountaineer Food Bank – Gassaway, WV

The COVID-19 pandemic brought a lot of uncertainty to our world, including for many, the uncertainty of where their next meal will come from. Being stuck in the house during a quarantine is hard. Being quarantined on an empty stomach is harder. The work of Mountaineer Food Bank would not be possible without donations like the one provided by the CAHEC Foundation. During March-June, Mountaineer Food Bank (MFB) served more than 81,000 individuals (1,391,950+ lbs. of emergency food) just from our mobile food pantries alone. MFB also provides food to families through our backpack program, summer feeding program, and distributions to more than 450 food pantries. We are truly appreciative of the CAHEC Foundation’s generosity and willingness to aid us in our mission of feeding West Virginia’s hungry.

– Laura Hedrick, Strategic Gifts Officer

mountaineerfoodbank.org