Weinberg Foundation donations continue to help Covid-19 relief efforts
MILFORD - Five more area nonprofits received help from the Greater Pike Covid Relief Fund (GPCRF) in their efforts to alleviate hardships caused by the pandemic.
The grants totaled $15,000—a sum that Maryanne Monte, Greater Pike Community Foundation’s Granting Chair, said is part of the Foundation’s ongoing efforts to help. “The Covid pandemic has created an immediate need that, thanks to the generosity of so many in our community, we are able to address.” Monte added, “We continue to award grants to qualified nonprofit and government organizations in the greater Pike region.”
PEEC (Pocono Environmental Education Center) is a recent grantee. Jeff Rosalsky, PEEC executive director, said the award will go towards the purchase of food supplies to prepare individually packaged meals for distribution through Pike County Area on Aging and local
food pantries. Rosalsky explained, “We have a huge commercial kitchen…so with the facilities and our chef, Erin Taylor…I had the idea we could help the community.” Food will also be donated to emergency workers and to the school lunch programs. Rosalsky
noted the Greater Pike grant helped make it happen with an added benefit: it will be matched in kind by Pocono Produce.
Bushkill Outreach received a grant to help support its pantry activities. President Joe Ballestrieri said the grant was “very important” because “there is so much that people need.” Since the start of the pandemic, the pantry numbers have doubled.
Other GPCRF grants went to Devereux Advanced Behavior for the purchase of personal protection equipment for caseworkers and clients; Church at Hemlock Farms for a truck rental and fuel to travel to Second Harvest Food Pantry to pick-up free food for distribution;
Family Service Association of NEPA for referral services that include access to food pantries, emergency shelter, utilities assistance, clothing, drug and alcohol intervention and mental health.
To make a donation to GPCRF, visit greaterpike.org. Applications for Greater Pike COVID relief are still being accepted. For an application please visit https://greaterpike.org/1-