Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has provided a record $2,452,500 in grants to 131 food service and meal delivery programs in 37 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC.
There was notable 6% increase over last year’s pre-pandemic support of $2.3 million. The food grants, part of Broadway Cares’ National Grants Program, ensure that those affected by HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other life-threatening illnesses can get access to healthy meals through food pantries, meal deliveries and other food programs.
“A decent meal can be the first line of defense, the road back to health and recovery,” Broadway Cares Executive DirectorTom Viola said. “Access to that meal can be difficult in the best of circumstances. During a pandemic, when we’re told to not even think about venturing outside, access to the safety net of support hits the most vulnerable the hardest. These grants underscore our community’s commitment to shining a bright spotlight on those in need, even on our country’s darkest days.”
Among the 131 organizations receiving grants are 21 from New York City, including programs that reach into all five boroughs. Eight of those 21 organizations provide services to friends, neighbors and colleagues in the heart of New York’s Theater District, now helping many who before this year might never have needed this assistance.