Program supports nonprofits and restaurants

A new program awards grants that enable nonprofit organizations to purchase meals from restaurants that in turn are provided to people who need assistance.

Coordinated by the Western Colorado Community Foundation in Grand Junction, the Caring for Our Home Community program is designed to help restaurants and people in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jody Valente, a program associate with the foundation, said the program addresses several issues in helping nonprofits that have had to change the way they provide food.

Robert Bray, chief executive officer of Bray Real Estate in Grand Junction and a program supporter, called the effort a win for the community. “Preparing and providing food to people so desperately in need from an industry that has felt an enormous amount of financial pain and despair through the incredible talent and resources of our own locally based Western Colorado Community Foundation is an incredible feat.”

The program is open to nonprofits in the Grand Valley that provide food to individuals and families. The organizations work with dine-in restaurants in the effort.

“We are thankful to be able to feed those in need in our community through this unique partnership,” said Mike Bell, owner of the Rockslide Brewery. “This crisis has hit our industry very hard. But now our restaurants and staffs can return to work and positively impact those who need our help.”

Greg Moore, executive director of HomewardBound of the Grand Valley, also praised the program. “This collaborative effort helps those that we serve beyond measure. We are fortunate to have so many businesses and individuals coming together to lift up one another during this difficult time.”

To contribute, visit the website located at www.wc-cf.com/donate-covid-relief and click on Caring For Our Home Community or mail a check with Caring For Our Home Community in the memo line to the Western Colorado Community Foundation at P.O. Box 4334, Grand Junction, CO 81502. Information also is available online at www.caringforourhomecommunity.com.