COVID-19 Nonprofit Hardship Fund

Through our COVID-19 Nonprofit Hardship Fund, we provided 138 grants totaling $1.75 million to small and medium-sized nonprofit organizations serving the basic needs of vulnerable people and families significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the average grant at $12,500, our fund initially prioritized efforts that were scaling quickly to serve a range of increasing demands. As the weeks passed, we quickly realized that hunger was the greatest and most immediate need, so we shifted support to this area, helping mostly smaller organizations. Those receiving support were struggling with the burden of serving meals and providing food and supplies under new restrictions, while at the same time serving much larger volumes of people who found themselves laid off, financially strapped and hungry.

We funded a lot of innovative approaches to meeting needs and learned a lot from new community partners all over southern California, Texas and Louisiana.

Examples of Grant Recipients

Conejo Valley SeniorsConejo Valley Senior Concerns (Thousand Oaks, CA) is busy delivering mealsóboth a hot lunch and a light dinneróto fragile seniors who are self-isolating at home and unable to obtain food. In April, 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) has already 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) is supporting very low-income and at-risk populations, including single moms and families with incarcerated parents. They are providing and assembling healthy food which they are delivering to community members in need.

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

Grace ResourcesGrace Resources (Antelope Valley, CA) is seeing triple the demand, delivering food to senior living facilities in Lancaster. They are also providing hot meals to low-income families who are struggling.

Kitchens for GoodKitchens for Good (San Diego, CA) is producing 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) is experiencing a 25% increase in meal delivery services for homebound seniors and the disabled. Half of those they are serving are between 80 and 101 years of age.

One GenerationONE Generation (Van Nuys, CA) is delivering 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) is providing families with milk, eggs, canned and dry foods, and more. The families they serve have lost their minimum wage jobs and cannot survive without help due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Asian Community AllianceSoutheast Asian Community Alliance (Los Angeles, CA) is providing meals and care packages to seniors and families who have been 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 are delivering 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) is delivering food to homebound seniors in low-income neighborhoods in the East and South Los Angeles regions. During the first week, 2,000 meals were delivered by utilizing their vans that are normally used for vision care services for low-income children at schools which are now closed.