The Green Bay Packers announced today that they have distributed seven more grants through the Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund to Milwaukee County nonprofit organizations, reaching the $500,000 established through the Fund for Milwaukee County.
The seven grants to Milwaukee County groups are in addition to the 24 grants that were distributed with earlier rounds of funds, as grant applications have been accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
A total of 31 groups in Milwaukee County have been awarded with grants through the Fund to provide support to Milwaukee County residents facing challenges caused by the pandemic. These groups are on the front lines of helping those most impacted by the pandemic, including organizations addressing food and hygiene needs, housing assistance, transportation, medication and other basic needs. Recipients range from schools and food pantries to homeless shelters and organizations serving individuals with disabilities. The seven new groups receiving grants include:
- Eras Senior Network, Inc.: This organization's mission is to engage and support seniors, adults with disabilities and family caregivers in leading meaningful lives. They will use the grant to provide supportive services for Milwaukee County seniors, such as transportation to medical appointments and food.
- Metcalfe Park Community Bridges Inc.: This North Side neighborhood support organization will use the grant to purchase food and other supplies needed to serve 9,000 residents.
- Milwaukee County Park System: The park system will use the funding to expand meal provisions in partnership with Hunger Task Force's Summer Meals program and implement resource packages.
- Neighborhood House of Milwaukee: This community center on Milwaukee's near west side will direct the grant toward acquiring the supplies necessary to reopen the childhood program.
- Pathfinders: This youth shelter will use the grant to support programs responding to youth experiencing housing instability, including basic needs services.
- St. Vincent de Paul Society of Milwaukee: Funding will purchase food for the meal program, food drop-offs to the elderly and home-bound, virtual home visits and support for 10 parish food pantries.
- The Gathering of Southeast Wisconsin, Inc.: The grant will be used to support programming for Milwaukee's hungry and homeless population regardless of income, race, housing, job security, neighborhood, age or mental stability.
The $500,000 is part of the $1.5 million COVID-19 Community Relief Fund established by Packers Give Back. The additional $1 million is being directed to Brown County organizations through the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation; a portion of those funds have already been distributed to dozens of Brown County nonprofit groups to address food and hygiene needs, housing assistance, transportation, medication and other basic needs.