Published on February 12, 2013

St. Vincent's Foundation among nonprofits receiving Bank of America grants

The Florida Times-Union

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded $60,000 in grants to four Jacksonville nonprofits that address "critical needs" such as hunger and shelter.

The nonprofits -- Sulzbacher Center for the homeless, St. Vincent's Foundation, Community Connections and the Second Harvest North Florida food bank -- "support long-term solutions that promote financial wellness through access to community-based assistance programs," according to a news release.

"We're committed to supporting our local community and look to make investments that are responding to the greatest needs of the people that live here," Greg Smith, Bank of America's Northeast Florida market president said in the release. "These grants will assist nonprofits addressing Jacksonville's immediate needs while also supporting integrated services that will help people get back on their feet."

Here is more information about the grants:

  • Sulzbacher Center received $15,000 to fund its Meals for the Homeless program that provides meals for homeless and impoverished people seven days a week.
  • St. Vincent's Foundation received $15,000 to fund medical services and programs for those in need. Services include its Mobile Health Outreach Ministry, health screenings, preventative education and medical treatment.
  • Community Connections received $10,000 to provide its clients with emergency food. The food will stock the pantry at the Davis Center, where clients receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, services on an ongoing basis.
  • Second Harvest North Florida, a regional food bank, received $20,000 to support its annual Empty Bowls Luncheon. The event demonstrates community support for those coping with hunger in North Florida.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is awarding nearly $22 million in grants to more than 1,000 nonprofits across the country. The majority of grants will support nonprofits serving low-income communities that have been disproportionately affected by the economic downturn, according to the release.

This funding is part of the company's intensified philanthropic focus on three core issues vital to the economic health of communities: housing, jobs and hunger.

The next round of grants will go to nonprofits working on workforce development and education. Applications will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 15.

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