COVID-19 Relief

On March 23, 2020, the Sempra Energy Foundation announced a Nonprofit Hardship Fund to provide expedited grants to a range of small to medium-sized nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations serving the health, education, welfare or social services needs of individuals and families significantly affected by COVID-19. These resources were set aside for communities where our employees live and work, in California, Texas and Louisiana.

On April 3, the online application was shut down due to a significant volume of requests. There were over 2,200 applicants and 965 qualified proposals submitted. In 2020, we provided 138 grants totaling $1.75 million across all three states. Our support helped small and medium-sized nonprofit organizations serving the basic needs of vulnerable people and families significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, helping meet basic needs with food boxes, meals and related deliveries, personal protection equipment and medical supplies and daycare for first responders.

Examples of Grant Recipients

Conejo Valley SeniorsConejo Valley Senior Concerns (Thousand Oaks, CA) delivered mealsóboth hot lunches and light dinnersóto fragile seniors who were self-isolating at home and unable to obtain food. In April of 2020 alone, they served 70% more clients in the Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Moorpark communities.

East Side Riders ClubEast Side Riders Club (Watts, Los Angeles, CA) provided over 20,000 meals in the vulnerable Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles and is continuing its efforts to feed the hungry in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Elevate HopeElevate Hope / Watts Empowerment Center (Watts, Los Angeles, CA) supported very low-income and at-risk populations, including single moms and families with incarcerated parents. They assembled and provided healthy food, delivering it to community members in need.

Eyes on MeEyes on Me (Houston, TX) provided food boxes and delivered meals through partnerships with churches and local community centers in Houston, TX.

Grace ResourcesGrace Resources (Antelope Valley, CA) experienced triple its normal demand, delivering food to senior living facilities in Lancaster. They also provided hot meals to low-income families who struggled to make ends meet.

Kitchens for GoodKitchens for Good (San Diego, CA) produced approximately 12,000 hunger relief heat-and-eat meals each week for vulnerable seniors, displaced workers, low-income children and their families.

Meals on Wheels Long BeachMeals on Wheels of Long Beach (Long Beach, CA) experienced a 25% increase in meal delivery services for homebound seniors and the disabled. Half of those they served are between 80 and 101 years of age.

One GenerationONE Generation (Van Nuys, CA) delivered hot midday meals to homebound seniors, disabled and medically-fragile people through their COVID-19 Support Program.

SFV RefugeeSan Fernando Valley Refugee Children Center (North Hills, CA) provided families with milk, eggs, canned and dry foods, and more. The families they served had lost their minimum wage jobs and could not survive without help due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Asian Community AllianceSoutheast Asian Community Alliance (Los Angeles, CA) provided meals and care packages to seniors and families impacted by COVID-19.

The Ecology CenterThe Ecology Center (San Juan Capistrano, CA) is a farm in Orange County that grows food for low-income families at nine elementary schools in Encinitas. They delivered fresh produce boxes to families in need, medical workers, the elderly and individuals who are immuno-compromised.

Vision to LearnVision to Learn (Los Angeles, CA) delivered food to homebound seniors in low-income neighborhoods in the East and South Los Angeles regions. During its first week of deliveries, 2,000 meals were distributed by utilizing vans normally used for vision care services for low-income children at schools that had been closed.