Quantum Foundation Provides Relief to Palm Beach County Nonprofits

Twenty nonprofit organizations across the Palm Beaches received COVID-19 relief funding to continue to assist residents in need

To relieve some of the widespread financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Quantum Foundation provided $250,000 in relief funding to 20 Palm Beach County nonprofits to help the organizations meet the basic needs of the county’s most vulnerable residents.

Riviera Beach Community Outreach

The funding will support essential needs like meals, hygiene products, rent, utility assistance, clothing, and transportation. The funding comprises the first round of awards in honor of Quantum Foundation’s 10th annual Quantum in the Community initiative. This year, $1 million has been allocated for Quantum in the Community. Usually awarded in the fall, immediate needs pushed up a partial payout of the funding, with the balance of the $1 million ($750,000) to be distributed in November.

“The COVID-19 pandemic brought forward longstanding health inequities in disinvested communities, exposing the impacts of the social determinants of health such as economic and social conditions that influence a group’s health status,” said Eric Kelly, president of Quantum Foundation. “Health equity is our way forward, and these vulnerable communities need culturally competent care and basic needs now more than ever. Health is not the absence of illness, but rather a positive state of physical and mental well-being, and these grants are a step in the right direction.”

Restoration Bridge

Since March, Quantum Foundation has provided $900,000 in COVID-19 relief funding and an additional $650,000 outside of the Quantum in the Community grants. A committee of Quantum Foundation staff and board members carefully considers each application, and grantees must meet eligibility requirements. To learn more, visit the Quantum Foundation website at https://quantumfnd.org/grant-eligibility/#qic.

For information about Quantum Foundation, or to learn about applying for grants, please call 561-832-7497.

Nonprofit Grantees:

  • Belle Glade and Pahokee – $25,000
    • Church of the Harvest
      • Food/financial assistance: Glades Area Pantries offers a food and clothing pantry, furniture, and financial assistance. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, Church of the Harvest has distributed more than 200 tons of food and over $12,000 in financial assistance.
    • Light House CafĂ©
      • Food assistance: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lighthouse began serving to-go meals and has increased by nearly 3,000 meals since March 18.
  • Boynton Beach andDelray Beach – $20,000
    • Eat Better Live Better (EBLB)
      • Food assistance: EBLB is focused on being a solution to the food crisis caused by COVID-19 by delivering healthy groceries to families in need. Partnering with Digital Vibez & Project Smile, EBLB distributes nearly 100 boxes of groceries twice a week.
    • Operation 120
      • Basic needs: Operation 120 provides temporary supportive housing, food, clothing, toiletries, transportation, and basic needs to homeless and at-risk female veterans.
  • Jupiter and Tequesta – $40,000
    • CareBag
      • Basic needs: CareBag provides proper hygiene to homeless and families in need. The organization provides PPEs and coordinates with local churches to provide meals.
    • St. Vincent de Paul
      • Financial assistance: Since COVID-19, St. Vincent has assisted 69 Jupiter residents for a total of $57,646.
  • Riviera Beach and Lake Park – $30,000
    • Joint Mission
      • Basic needs: Joint Mission provides veterans with free, including beds, mattresses, linens, and other home necessities.
    • Riviera Beach Community Outreach
      • Basic needs: The organization provides direct services such as food distribution, assistance with Palm Tran discount bus passes, applying and enrollment in SNAP benefits, clothing for children and adults, and weekly on-site essential healthcare services.
    • St. George’s Community Center
      • Food assistance: St. George currently serves an average of 300 meals per day, Monday through Friday, and 80 meals on Saturday to homeless individuals in Riviera Beach.
  • Lake Worth and Lantana – $20,000
    • Arms of Hope
      • Food assistance: Requests for hot meals has increased 40 percent, and in the last four months Arms of Hope has provided 42,405 meals.
    • Restoration Bridge
      • Food assistance: Run by an all-volunteer staff, in 2019 Restoration Bridge provided 6,806,534 pounds of food to Palm Beach County residents. Due to COVID-19, the organization has seen a 40 percent increase in food distribution.
  • North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens – $30,000
    • FFA Foundation
      • Financial assistance: FFA Foundation helps clients in early recovery with transportation, rental, and utility assistance. In 2019, FFA gave away $51,000 in financial assistance to Palm Beach County residents.
    • Hands Together
      • Food and financial assistance: Over the past two and a half months, Hands Together has served 759 families (3,190 people) 4,610 ready-to-eat meals. The organization has also been working with several Haitian pastors to provide for their parishioners and has provided $14,000 in rent/utility assistance over the past three months.
  • Wellington, Greenacres, and Royal Palm Beach – $25,000
    • Society of St. Vincent
      • Financial assistance: Society of St. Vincent helps with funding to provide temporary housing for homeless families until they can be placed in a permanent home. The organization also assists with past-due rent, utility bills, and food.
    • Wellington Cares
      • Basic needs: Wellington Cares provides necessities such as transportation, medication prescription fees, and other services to 2,340 seniors in the community who prefer to remain living in their home.
  • West Palm Beach – $60,000
    • Buccan Provisions
      • Food assistance: Since COVID-19, Buccan Provisions has served 125,000 meals with 15,000 weekly meals provided.
    • Extended Hands
      • Food assistance: In 2019, the Hands Choice Pantry distributed non-perishable food items, fresh produce, meat, dairy, and bread to more than 3,000 families (feeding over 7,000 individuals) and its soup kitchen served more than 15,000 hot meals. Since COVID-19, services have increased 31 percent compared to the same time last year.
    • Feed the Hungry
      • Food assistance: Serving more than 10,000 families with over 140 pounds of food per family, Feed the Hungry also provides food to several small food pantries and shelters.
    • HACER
      • Food assistance: HACER regularly serves between 150-175 families at each distribution, and since COVID-19, the organization is now serving more than 500 families at each distribution site.
    • Hospitality Helping Hands (HHH)
      • Food assistance: The organization’s weekly grocery distribution serves more than 1,000 families each week. To date, HHH has provided more than 20,000 families with nutritious food. A unique element of weekly distributions is the addition of diapers and pet food.

 

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