CAMDEN, NJ — Five non-profit organizations in the city of Camden, as well as a sixth in Pennsauken, were among the more than 20 in the region to benefit from the first round of COVID-19 grants from the Community Foundation of South Jersey. 

Up to $100,000 were provided to the following nonprofits helping the city manage in the midst of the pandemic: LUCY Outreach, Parkside Business & Community in Partnership, Salvation Army Kroc Center, Urban Promise Ministries, and Volunteers of America - Delaware Valley. 

“This pandemic is devastating South Jersey communities, with the brunt of impact on our most vulnerable neighbors,” said Andy Fraizer, executive director of the foundation. “South Jersey neighbors and organizations responded quickly to our call for help in meeting the growing need.” 

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The grants, part of a pledge for more than $800,000, were also provided to Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem counties. 

“These grants address only the first 15 percent of requests received by the Community Foundation to date,” the foundation said in an announcement. “Requests for funding total more than $1.5 million, with new requests arriving daily.”

Temple Lutheran Church in Pennsauken, was also provided funds. 

“We are grateful for contributions of any size from South Jersey neighbors who are able to give for immediate needs and a brighter recovery,” said Wanda Hardy, Chairperson of the Foundation’s Community Leadership and Engagement Committee. 

Below is a breakdown of how the non-profits have recently adjusted as part of their response efforts:

LUCY Outreach – Camden

In response to COVID-19, LUCY Outreach has transitioned services for youth and families in Camden County from in person to remote delivery. LUCY Outreach will directly help families with access to food assistance, prescription medication, housing, utilities support, furniture, toiletries, feminine products, baby food and diapers.

Parkside Business & Community in Partnership — Camden

PBCIP will expand its Food Bucks Prescription program to additional Camden families, to be redeemed for fresh produce from local corner stores, mobile food markets and food pantries.

Salvation Army Kroc Center – Camden

Observing a rise in clients as other pantries close or scale back, and as more people need help, the Salvation Army Kroc Center has modified its operations to provide contact less distribution at its Choice Food Pantry. The Kroc Center will support these modifications with additional food and staff, as well as personal protective equipment.

Urban Promise Ministries — Camden

Urban Promise Ministries helps Camden and Pennsauken families secure needed resources through the Emergency Family Fund. Urban Promise will provide families with emergency support such as food, diapers, sanitizing supplies or utility assistance.

Volunteers of America Delaware Valley – Camden

To continue serving clients in emergency shelters, affordable housing communities, reentry programs and homeless prevention programs across Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties VOADV will purchase needed personal protective equipment, sanitation supplies and emergency food supplies.

Temple Lutheran Church – Pennsauken

Experiencing a 50 percent increase in clientele at its Lida Knaus Food Pantry, Temple Lutheran Church will purchase additional food from its partner, the Food Bank of South Jersey, as well as provide fresh produce, eggs, diapers (adult and baby) and toiletries to Camden County residents. Grant funds will also allow the pantry to increase the frequency of food distribution, from once to twice a month, for families in need. 

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