Lincoln Financial Foundation Fights Hunger in Hartford
More Than $204,000 in Human Services Grants Awarded
Hartford, CONN., December 1, 2010 — Recent grants from Lincoln Financial Foundation are helping local nonprofit agencies bridge the food gap for Hartford's homeless and working poor while also providing for shelter, fuel assistance and other supportive services.
Foodshare received $40,000 for its Fight Hunger at the Holidays program, which meets the immediate needs of seniors, the working poor and children during November and December while also conducting a wide-scale public campaign focused on the holiday season. With Lincoln Foundation's support, Foodshare will ensure that more than two million pounds of donated food and upwards of 20,000 turkeys are distributed during those months, alone. Families will be able to celebrate the holidays as well as have the food they need each day.
Loaves & Fishes Ministries will use a $10,000 grant to support its ongoing soup kitchen program in the Asylum Hill neighborhood. The soup kitchen serves more than 35,000 meals each year to the working poor and homeless, many of them single mothers and families who cannot make ends meet.
A $5,000 grant to Chrysalis Center will help fund Freshplace, a new client-choice food pantry serving Hartford's Upper Albany neighborhood. Freshplace will offer fresh foods, dairy products and meats, in addition to staple items. Through an intake process, staff meets with patrons to identify the root causes of their need for food relief and provide referrals to community resources for benefit assistance, training and education, employment, housing and healthcare.
These awards are part of $204,750 in human services grants that the Lincoln Foundation recently made to 14 Hartford nonprofits.
Other organizations receiving human services grants:
Easter Seals Greater Hartford Rehabilitation Center for its Lymphedema Management Program, which treats a painful and debilitating side affect of breast cancer surgery.
HARC for its Family Support and Community Services program, which provides lifelong services to individuals with intellectual disability and their families, including intake, referrals, crisis intervention, advocacy and case management.
Operation Fuel for emergency assistance to low-income households that cannot pay utility or fuel bills, but are not eligible, or have exhausted, government aid.
Hartford Interval House for the New Beginnings Shelter and Children's Program, which provides emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, safety planning, domestic violence counseling, advocacy, support groups and other services for victims of domestic violence.
New Haven Diaper Bank to expand its Diaper Distribution Network for low-income families in Hartford.
Connecticut Institute for the Blind for the NEAT Center at Oak Hill, which helps people with disabilities find the most appropriate and cost-effective assistive technology.
American National Red Cross, Connecticut Regional Chapter for the Emergency Services Program, which provides emergency assistance and ongoing case management to victims of local disasters.
Camp Courant for its Summer Day Camp Program, with an emphasis on Healthy Choices, which works to break the cycle of obesity, heart disease and early onset diabetes in Hartford youth.
Open Hearth Association for a transitional living program for homeless men that includes a six-week life skills course that teaches financial literacy, job readiness and getting along with others.
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation to train a guide dog for a blind person.
YWCA of the Hartford Region to provide emergency shelter and supportive services for homeless women.
About Lincoln Financial Foundation:
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is the charitable giving arm of Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and workforce/economic development. Lincoln Financial sets aside up to 2% of its pre-tax earnings for charitable causes that support philanthropic endeavors in the communities where its employees work. The Lincoln Foundation allocated more than $895,000 to support nonprofits in Hartford in 2009. Since establishing a presence in Hartford in 1998, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed almost $20 million to local nonprofits.
About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in the Philadelphia region, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $150 billion as of September 30, 2010. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life and disability insurance; 401(k) and 403(b) plans; savings plans; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. For more information, including a copy of our most recent SEC reports containing our balance sheets, please visit www.LincolnFinancial.com.