“We would not have survived”, the North GA Community Foundation has helped more than 100 nonprofits since the start of the pandemic
Sunshine Seniors has received several foundation grants since the organization’s inception eight years ago, and most recently received $ 10,000 in May. “We couldn’t have survived,” Dickey said.
Before the pandemic, Sunshine Seniors served meals to 100 to 125 families a week, Dickey said, but the busiest week during COVID was 500 families, and it still serves more than twice as many as in 2019.
Sunshine Seniors also had to make some adjustments during the pandemic. Previously, it allowed families to choose meals from a wider selection, but now it serves prepackaged meals to families in a safer drive-thru system. It also serves 40 meals at people’s doors each week, Dickey said.
The Hispanic Alliance also needed help serving food to members of its community near the start of the pandemic. From May 2020 to May 2021, the group served meals to 10,000 families, helped by funds from the foundation, among other partner companies and churches that donated food, said executive director Vanesa Sarazua. He had drive-thru and would get 500 to 750 cars for three hours of food drive, Sarazua said.
“We were helped right away,” she said. “There was no access to food for much of our community, and we were able to provide it. ”
The group was to serve independently of any food bank, Sarazua said, and the community grew stronger.
“I think that says a lot about the community we are in, how they took care of the most vulnerable in the worst of times,” she said.
Good News Clinics received two foundation grants that were spent on COVID testing and vaccine distribution, said executive director Liz Coates. The free clinic serves people who fall below 150% of the federal poverty line, offering health examinations, dental care and other medical services.
As of June 24, the clinic had administered 2,376 injections of the COVID vaccine to 1,572 people, Coates said.
“There are a lot of things that need to be done to deliver these vaccines other than the vaccine,” she said. “It’s a very technical vaccine to administer and manage, and there’s a lot of coordination between people, professionals and patients and everything in between.”
Good News has tried to reach low-income communities and other underserved populations to offer readily available vaccines, Coates said. He organized three mass vaccination events in 810 rue des Pins., and 18 offsite vaccination clinics for poultry and manufacturing industries, nonprofits and other small organizations that have underserved employees or customers, she said. Vaccination clinics are offered every Friday on its campus.