M25 Initiative to Distribute $15,000 to Combat Food Insecurity in Cumberland County

By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor

Photo: Jon Bradley | Follow South Jersey

BRIDGETON, N.J. — The M25 Initiative, a nonprofit based in Cumberland County, announced on Monday that it will distribute $15,000 in grant money at the beginning of November to help combat food insecurity in the area.

The nonprofit will give grant money from the third phase of its Food Insecurity Grant program. If you’re interested in applying, you can do so from now through 5 p.m. on October 26 here. The M25 Initiative will announce the recipients of grants on November 6, and distribution of the money will begin during the week of November 9.

“With your help, we will continue to raise funds for food insecurity to help our armies of compassion meet the needs of the vulnerable in our community,” M25 said in a press release. “Additionally, we are continuing to raise funds to provide on-going financial assistance to the official County and Municipal Code Blue Programs, as well as the Housing First Collaborative. To date, the M25 Initiative’s Cumberland County Housing First Collaborative has housed 92 chronically homeless neighbors in housing with wrap-around case management.”

The program has five different types of grant programs available to other nonprofits and faith-based communities in the area. The maximum grant available is for $3,000, but M25 reserves the right to exceed its established maximum levels on a case-by-case basis. All applicants must submit documents that show coronavirus-related safety protocols that’ll be used while distributing food to clients.

You can find all of the requirements and information that applicants need here.

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