Jenkins, 240-654-7043, email@example.com
BUSINESS LEADERS FIGHTING HUNGER
SUPPORTS EMERGENCY NEEDS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY DURING COVID-19 CRISIS
Grants will support Manna, Identity,
Universities at Shady Grove, and Five Additional Nonprofits. Coalitions requests
matching dollars from local businesses to feed more people.
County, MD –
Business Leaders Fighting Hunger, Montgomery County’s private sector coalition
committed to ending hunger for the 60,000 food insecure people in the county,
today announced emergency support to eight organizations impacted by the COVID-19
pandemic. The grants total $50,000, but will likely yield far more dollars due
to the dollar-to-dollar match that was requested by Business Leaders.
recipients, including Manna Food Center, Identity, and the Universities at
serve diverse populations across the county. Each assist low-income families
and underserved youth under normal circumstances, but report that COVID-19 has
created an unforeseen urgency that needs to be addressed.
support is also being provided to five other organizations whose mission is to
fight poverty in Montgomery County, MD. They are: Gaithersburg HELP, Meals on Wheels, Nourish Now, Rainbow Community Development Center, and Shepherd’s Table.
low-income neighbors are facing an unprecedented double whammy,” said Andy
Burness, co-founder of Business Leaders Fighting Hunger and president of
Burness, a public interest communications firm that operates out of Bethesda. “Too
many struggle on a daily basis in the best of times. Now, COVID-19 is putting
people out of work, with no obvious prospect for better days any time soon. These
people need to eat, and we wanted to act now.”
Leaders’ support is a start,” Burness said. “It will make a difference for
hundreds of families and children in the county. But, we need corporate leaders
to join us, donating to these organizations or to any others that are on the
front lines serving people who are really suffering now.”
Leaders Fighting Hunger is a group of Montgomery County businesses committed to
reducing the number of food insecure residents in the county by making
strategic investments in programs that tackle the root causes of hunger. The
coalition was co-founded by Sodexo and Burness. Supporting businesses include Atlantic Electric Supply Corp, Bass Accounting & Tax Services, Belikove and Graves, Bendler & Company, Bethesda Magazine, Clark
Construction, David R. and Deborah S. Lambert Charitable Trust, Golden & Cohen, and SmithPilot.
The coalition intends to engage many more businesses. Interested companies or individuals should contact Shondra Jenkins, co-founder and former director of Sodexo’s foundation here in Montgomery County. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org, and she can be reached by phone at 240-654-7043. To view a PDF of the press release, click here.