LIFT-UP to get foundation funding
For the 13th straight year the Feinstein Foundation in Rhode Island has issued its $1 million challenge to help feed the hungry, and LIFT-UP will be participating.
The Feinstein Foundation is dedicated to the alleviation of hunger, the importance of community service in education, and the values of caring, compassion and brotherhood. Last year, the campaign generated a record $197 million nationwide to fight hunger, and more than $1 billion has been raised since launching the campaign in 1998.
The Feinstein Foundation will divide the $1 million proportionally amongst hunger fighting agencies nationwide based upon the amount of funds they raise during March and April. Each contribution of money or food made to LIFT-UP through April 30 will be eligible for the campaign, and will help provide food and essential services to local families in need during this time of prolonged economic difficulty.
The weak economy continues to impact local families, and requests for assistance have increased steadily since the economic downturn in the fall of 2008. In 2009, LIFT-UP’s six food pantries served three times more people than in 2008. In January of this year, they served 2,678 people/families – more than any single month last year and nearly 50 percent more than January 2009. Attendance at The Extended Table Soup Kitchen is running about 36 percent higher than before the downturn in the economy, with approximately 1,200 meals served per month.
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This is an opportunity to help LIFT-UP assist struggling local families during a time of unusually high need. Donations may be made online at http://www.liftup.org or mailed to P.O. Box 1213, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.
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