MCF donors support seniors

Since the shutdown, Marietta Community Foundation has taken a proactive approach to grant making for organizations who need it most, and now, their donors are following suit.

For the past several months, O’Neill Senior Center has been supplying 130 senior citizens food through their grocery box program. While funding for this program has almost ran out on different occasions, two anonymous donors at Marietta Community Foundation have come alongside the O’Neill Center in their mission to support our most vulnerable population.

“When this program seemed like it might have to be put on hold, one of our donors was able to help sustain this program through August,” said Heather Allender, President and CEO of the Foundation. “Now, we have another donor stepping up to keep this program going until the O’Neill Senior Center is able to receive funding from the CARES Act… our community’s generosity never ceases to amaze me!”

The O’Neill Center is currently waiting on approval to utilize the CARES funds for this project. In the meantime, a second anonymous donor, through the Foundation, has stepped in at the eleventh-hour to provide the necessary funds for this program to continue until the approval is finalized.

“Knowing that individual donors care enough to take a proactive approach to better our community is comforting,” said Connie Huntsman, Executive Director of the O’Neill Senior Center.

“Our community is so blessed to have these individuals supporting and funding the betterment of those who live in our area.”

With the CARES Act funds, O’Neill can continue the program through Thanksgiving. Each of the 130 seniors enrolled in the program receive a grocery box every other week, valued at $25 a box. These boxes contain shelf-stable meals and essential items such as milk, eggs, and bread.


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