Grants will support access to food and education for people in need; provide protective equipment and care essentials to community health workers.
Monday, March 23, 2020 -- Today, the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. announced new grants totaling $2.85 million to support communities most impacted by COVID-19. Powered by PwC’s 55,000 partners and staff, the PwC Foundation has been closely monitoring the impact of the virus on the firm’s people, their families, and their communities. In addition to those who are affected by the illness, many more are indirectly dealing with changes in their work, school, and community environments. Many students are going hungry as schools close, people without health insurance are struggling to pay for care, and leaders across cities in the U.S. are facing challenges such as homelessness and lack of paid sick leave.
In late February, the PwC Foundation made a $350,000 grant to Project HOPE to help purchase and deliver protective equipment to health workers in Wuhan and Shanghai Provinces of China. As the crisis has moved into the U.S., the PwC Foundation continues to evaluate community needs and its response. Today, it is announcing the following grants:
“We have never experienced a crisis like COVID-19,” said Yolanda Seals-Coffield, President of the PwC Foundation. “The illness itself and subsequent disruption to people’s lives is dramatic and exacerbated by social distancing precautions that prevent us from getting out to volunteer as we have in the past. These donations allow us to have an immediate, positive impact while we innovate around new ways of engaging our people to give back virtually.”
“PwC Charitable Foundation’s generous donation will help food banks across the country provide support to people impacted by this pandemic,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “Food banks are facing increased need for food in their communities and we are working to ensure that people do not have to worry about food during this unprecedented time of need.”
“The safety net providers we work with have made it clear that they have an urgent need for medical resources in light of this global pandemic,” said Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief. “The support from the PwC Foundation will provide personal protective equipment to health workers responding to the coronavirus and essential items, such as ventilators, to some of the country’s most vulnerable people who might be disproportionately affected.”
About the PwC Charitable Foundation
The PwC Charitable Foundation is powered by the people of PwC. It supports the people of PwC in times of need and invests in emerging solutions to society’s greatest challenges in education and humanitarianism. It has a history of responding with urgency and sensitivity in times of disaster and humanitarian crisis, building more resilient communities through innovative ventures that advance preparedness and social inclusion. Those who are interested in learning more about the PwC Foundation’s work can visit pwccharitablefoundation.org
About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit feedingamerica.org, or find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
About Direct Relief
A humanitarian organization committed to improving the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies, Direct Relief delivers lifesaving medical resources throughout the world to communities in need—without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay. For more information, please visit directrelief.org.
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