UnitedWay_Together We Can banner (1)The first of Phase 1 grants from the Marshall County COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund at the United Way of Marshall County were awarded April 10, 2020, to food pantries and organizations providing housing and utility assistance to families and individuals impacted by COVID-19. United Way, in partnership with the Marshall County Community Foundation, is working with a network of businesses, educators, faith-based and disaster relief organizations, nonprofits, and volunteers to address immediate and urgent needs. The grants total an initial $22,250 in funding to local nonprofits responding to the pandemic and providing direct assistance to impacted households.

Food pantries receiving Phase 1 grants –
• Argos Methodist Church Food Pantry
• Bourbon First United Methodist Church Helping Hands Food Pantry
• Project Help (Bremen)
• Grace United Church of Christ Food Pantry (Culver)
• Monastery of the Holy Martyrs Food Pantry (Plymouth)
• Marshall County Neighborhood Center (Plymouth)
• Bread of Life Food Pantry (Plymouth)

Food pantries throughout Marshall County will receive the funds to help them restock their shelves and continue their important services. Some food pantry directors in requesting Phase 1 grants are reporting a 50 – 75% increase in households coming to their food pantries for the first time.

Link to Hope and Project Help received Phase 1 grants for housing and utilities assistance. As lay-offs and furloughs from employment continue to rise, providing this aid to households is imperative to help keep individuals and families safely in their residences. The Phase 1 housing and utilities assistance will be made in collaboration with township trustees and other community partners including nonprofits and faith-based organizations.

Individuals looking for assistance may visit the United Way COVID-19 Resource List (marshallcountyuw.org/covid19) for updates on Marshall County food panty hours. Call 211 or search https://in211.communityos.org/ for questions regarding food, childcare, housing and utility assistance, and mental health services. 2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps Hoosiers find the local resources they need. Dial 2-1-1 to connect with a trained navigator, 24/7/365.