Taylor County Literacy Council receives Packers Foundation grant
The Taylor County Literacy Council was awarded a 2020 Green Bay Packers Foundation Grant of $4,000 for our Hungry Kids Can’t Learn program.
According to Literacy Council president Joseph Greget, the grant will allow the Literacy Council to collaborate with Medford Schools and other community partners to help support the following: Hungry Kids Can’t Learn program concept: 1) Books for the Meals in Backpacks 2) Meals in a Backpack Supplies 3) Healthy Snacks for Students with an IEP 4) Meals and Books in a Bag at our School and Family Engagement Days for families with matching bags for local food pantry “Thank you to the Green Bay Packers Foundation for their support of us helping with hunger and literacy in our local community,” Greget said.
The Green Bay Packers Foundation announced the Literacy Council grant as part of $1 million in annual grants to 237 civic and charitable groups throughout the state. Tom Cardella, chairperson of the Foundation, made the announcement, and checks recently were mailed to the organizations.
The recipient groups typically receive the grants at a luncheon in the Lambeau Field Atrium in December, but due to the pandemic, this year’s grants were issued earlier to assist those organizations impacted by the pandemic.
“We’re proud to award $1 million through our annual Packers Foundation grants this year, a year in which many nonprofits are seeing a greater need in their communities due to the pandemic,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “So many people from the recipient organizations are on the front lines, and we are inspired by them and honored to help as they continue to serve those in need every day.”
This year’s grant cycle focused on organizations that will direct the funds toward the need areas of elderly, homelessness, human services and hunger. The grants awarded by the Foundation must be used for the specifi c program or initiative for which the organizations applied. These grants are not recurring, and the 2020 recipient organizations will not be eligible to apply for grants again until 2023.
To learn about where each organization will be focusing the grant dollars and for more information on the grant cycles, visit packers.com/foundation and navigate to Project/Program Focus Area.
Of the Foundation’s contributions in 2020, 26 grants – aggregating $114,000 – were awarded to Brown County organizations. Additional grants, totaling $886,000, were made to 211 other groups around the state.
The Foundation now has distributed more than $14.43 million for charitable purposes since it was established in 1986 by Judge Robert J. Parins, then president of the Packers Corporation, “as a vehicle to assure continued contributions to charity.”
Overall, including $500,000 in impact grants to groups in Milwaukee County and Brown County for COVID-19 relief and $250,000 awarded to Give BIG Green Bay, $1.75 million has been awarded through Packers Foundation impact grants this year.
The $1.75 million awarded through the Packers Foundation this year adds to several notable donations given this year through Packers Give Back, the organization’s all-encompassing community outreach initiative, to help those impacted by the pandemic and to address social justice concerns. In total, including the Packers Foundation annual grants and various other Packers Give Back donations, the Packers organization has awarded $4 million in grants to nonprofit organizations thus far in 2020.