Regional Food Pantry Receives Funding for COVID-19 Relief|Local News I Racine County Eye – Racine, Wisconsin – Racine County Eye

8September 2020

RACINE, WISCONSIN: Recently the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) released the receivers of moneying through the Food Security Initiative. Regional organization, FINAO, Inc., is among 17 food banks and other not-for-profit organizations chosen to get almost $5 million through the COVID-19 Food Security Network Support Grant. The financing aims to assist organizations adjust to the obstacles faced as an outcome of COVID-19.

FINAO, Inc. is a nonprofit organization based in Racine with a mission to ease hunger and address educational needs by obtaining, collecting, growing, and packaging food for circulation through a network of agencies and programs, in addition to offer opportunities for self-sufficiency. FINAO's largest program, Kingdom Manna Food Pantry, has actually seen a significant increase in the number of people seeking its services and the number of paths from network providers since the start of the pandemic.

With financing from DATCP for $146,361.20, Kingdom Manna will execute a job called Sustaining Healthy Communities, enabling growth of its storage capability for fresh food products and to much better serve network partners and beneficiaries of services in southeastern Wisconsin. Funds will be utilized for operational expenses including a cooled truck, additional food storage space, and products due to the unforeseen boost from providers and distribution volume due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Ronald Tatum, Director of Community Outreach, specifies “Being a recipient of the DATCP Food Security Network Support Grant enables us to alter a lot of lives and impact so many in the City of Racine and surrounding communities. FINAO, Inc. is thankful to be selected for such an award. We change lives by what we return in our neighborhoods. This is the Work!”

To learn more about Manna Kingdom Food Pantry or donate to FINAO, Inc. please go to their website at kingdombuildersracine.org.


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