NBC News reports that among the organizations that received a grant was Florida non-profit, non-sectarian Redlands Christian Association of Migrants, which welcomes many children from farming families. “The Hispanic Federation’s $ 85,000 grant was for Covid vaccination efforts, rental assistance and utilities, and educational programs, ”which ultimately helped around 200 families.
“Most families and farm workers are the last ones and have always been the forgotten ones,” said Executive Director Isabel Garcia. Recount NBC News. Yet many of these parents were essential workers in feeding America. “They would get sick and they would have no other income, because if you don’t want to work in the fields, you don’t get paid. Grants to organizations focused on farm workers have also been made to groups in California, Illinois, North Carolina, Oregon and Washington state.
This assistance made it possible to avoid further the homelessness which imminently faced a number of farm workers and their children. In California, Center for farming families used all of its grant to help ten immigrant farming families, HF said. Reminder: even though undocumented farm workers were deemed “essential” during the pandemic, they were stranded from federal emergency relief. “Other funds available were used to help them obtain food,” HF said.
Food drives were also a lifeline for New Yorkers who worked in the food and beverage industry themselves but then lost their jobs or saw their wages cut when the pandemic hit. Funds received by Tacombi community kitchen provided nearly 10,000 meals, “delivered several times a week to 400 people through partnerships with eight community organizations in hard-hit Latino and immigrant neighborhoods in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.” HF said that in Kissimmee, Florida, “the number of area residents facing hunger has tripled due to the pandemic.” Proximity ministry of Maison Claritas was able to distribute over $ 25,000 in food aid to over 2,600 families.
President of the HF Frankie Miranda said in the report that the organization plans to distribute an additional $ 7 million in funds by the end of 2021. “Our grants will continue to help our network of community organizations serve the most vulnerable populations: those without health insurance, undocumented and mixed-status families, children and young people, pregnant women, victims of domestic violence, farm workers, day laborers and the elderly, ”he said.
Founder of Latinos Progresando Luis Gutierrez said in a press release his group’s scholarship “was the first to arrive and gave us the reassurance that we could meet some of our community’s most pressing needs, including organizing food and vaccination drives, and providing cash assistance to our local residents. more vulnerable. Miranda said in the statement that grant recipients like Latinos Progresando “are the lifelines of our community, and this reality has been highlighted at the height of the pandemic.” Click here to read the full report.