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Funds raised through the COVID-19 Crisis: IICF Children’s Relief Fund will benefit the nonprofit and charitable organizations listed below, by helping to support children at risk of food insecurity, educational disruption, family homelessness and other circumstances exacerbated by the pandemic.


Midwest Division:

Kelly Hartweg, Executive Director: khartweg@iicf.com

Illinois and Ohio: Blessings in a Backpack
Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. Their work has NOT ended now that school has transitioned to a home environment, and they are finding kids need food for the weekends now more than ever. The work continues throughout the state of Illinois, and nationwide to feed youth. Just $4 pays for a meal pack for the weekend. More than 8,000 children are served in Illinois alone and we have the ability to impact a large number of people.

Missouri: Operation Food Search
Operation Food Search is a St. Louis-based non-profit organization dedicated to ending hunger in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. Established in 1981, we are the largest distributor of free food in the bi-state region. We distribute more than 3 million dollars worth of food and household essentials to 330 community partner agencies, which in turn feeds 200,000 people in need each month – nearly one-third of whom are children. In addition to continuing their regular food distribution, they are providing emergency food packs to numerous school districts, independent schools and community sites during the COVID-19 crisis.

Kansas: Avenue of Life
Avenue of Life mobilizes the community to equip and empower low-income individuals and families to be self-sustained and independent. During this crisis, Avenue of Life is providing Family Food Packs, Meals to go and essentials to those most in need.


Northeast Division:

Betsy Myatt, Executive Director: emyatt@iicf.com

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut: Friends of Karen
Friends of Karen serves families with a child who has been diagnosed with and is actively in treatment for cancer or another life-threatening illness in NY, NJ, and CT. Many of these families now have NO income due to the COVID-19 crisis. Friends of Karen is committed to helping them feed their families through the month through gift cards or emergency cash.

New Jersey: Fulfill
The mission of Fulfill is to alleviate hunger and build food security in Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey. With Monmouth and Ocean Counties making changes to schools, events and services in response to COVID-19, Fulfill anticipates that hunger will increase. There are more than 136,000 people in the community, including 50,000 children, who rely on Fulfill for food on a regular basis. Fulfill is providing Crisis Relief Boxes to neighbors who need them most. Each box contains enough food to last a family of four about four days.

Boston: Community Servings
Community Servings' mission is to actively engage the community to provide medically tailored, nutritious, scratch-made meals to chronically and critically ill individuals and their families. During this crisis, they plan to provide a critically or chronically ill neighbor in need with a week’s worth of the diet-approved, shelf-stable food items they need to maintain and improve their health. Community Servings is a lifeline for very vulnerable clients.

Philadelphia: Philadelphia Children’s Alliance
The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance brings together a team of professionals to allow abused children to tell their story using a coordinated process in a safe and welcoming facility. Years ago, abused children would have to recount their trauma over and over again… to police officers, district attorneys, social workers, and more. That is no longer the case in Philadelphia, thanks to the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance. During the COVID-19 outbreak, PCA continues to work on cases that are already in their system, and has significantly upgraded their technology so that they can stay in contact with kids and families, and continue to provide valuable counseling services.


Southeast Division:

Sarah Conway, Executive Director: sconway@iicf.com

Dallas: North Texas Food Bank
Founded in 1982, the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a nonprofit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of more than 200 partner agencies in 13 counties. 60,000 Food Boxes are being delivered weekly across North Texas. The cost is $7 per box and each one includes 21 nutritious meals for families.

Houston: Kid’s Meals
The mission of Kid’s Meals is to end childhood hunger by delivering free healthy meals to the doorsteps of Houston’s hungriest preschool-aged children and through collaboration provide their families with resources to help end the cycle of poverty. Kids’ Meals is a first-responder to children ages five years-old and under facing debilitating hunger due to extreme poverty. Kid’s Meals is delivering 6,000 meals a day right now with hundreds of new child applications arriving daily. Funding will support the making and delivery of more than 6,000 meals a day plus 1-3 bags of family groceries a week as well as connecting families to vital recovery resources. Every $2 donated makes and delivers a meal directly to a home.

Atlanta: Atlanta Community Food Bank
The mission of the Atlanta Community Food Bank is to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community. Every year, the Atlanta Food Bank works with more than 600 nonprofit partners—including food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters and senior centers—to distribute over 60 million meals to more than 755,000 people in 29 counties across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. Atlanta Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.


Western Division:

Melissa-Anne Duncan, Executive Director: maduncan@iicf.com

California: Covenant House of California
Covenant House supports homeless youth across the state of California. There are over 10,000 youth experiencing homelessness, each night in CA. Their need for shelter, sustenance, medical attention, sanctuary, and support has not quelled in the midst of social distancing and the shuttering of non-essential businesses; it has drastically INCREASED.

Arizona: St. Mary’s Food Bank
St. Mary’s Food Bank is the leading food provider in the state of Arizona. St. Mary’s has seen a spike in the food insecure as a result of COVID-19.

Colorado: There with Care
There with Care provides support and services to families and children experiencing critical medical crisis/treatments. During this time children are increasingly vulnerable and families are even more isolated.

Washington: Friends of the Children - Seattle
At Friends of the Children–Seattle, professional mentors provide one-on-one support for at-risk and underserved youth, from kindergarten through high school graduation, no matter what. Mentors now are securing essentials for families, providing academic materials while school is suspended and providing consistent emotional and academic support.

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