April 15, 2020
In Belmont, California for their efforts to provide food and rental assistance focused on members of the local Latinx Community, included the undocumented, who are facing economic insecurity.
Puffin received this update from Fool’s Mission regarding their April grant:
Fools Mission has about 204 people in our network (a master contact list for our membership). Membership consists of people who have connected with the organization seeking accompaniment or supportive companionship of some form. Many of the individuals and families on our listserv are Latinx, immigrant families with young children who struggled financially prior to COVID-19 and work in the food service, construction, hospitality, domestic services and other industries hardest hit by the pandemic.
Of the 204 people on our list, we contacted the first 25 (list was sorted alphabetically) and called each person to ask how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted them and what their top needs are at the moment. For those who had lost income and need money for food and rent, we provided a $300 cash grant. We have prioritized families with children as well as families who cannot otherwise turn to the social safety net for reasons previously mentioned. Our lead volunteer…, has generously distributed the funds from her home in Redwood City, which is centrally located for many of the families on the list. She has also received donations of food pantry items that she distributes to families along with the cash assistance.
As of April 30th, 2020, Fools Mission has distributed the following in response to the COVID-19 crisis:
Twenty-four (24) $300 cash grants (totaling $7200)
Twenty (20) $25 Target gift cards (totaling $500)
Food and other household items (meat, pasta, canned foods, cleaning supplies, etc.) to approximately 10 families.
I hope this is the information that you are looking for. Thank you again for helping to make this possible.
April and May, 2020 Grantee