Niagara Gazette — In 2013, Community Missions provided 75,980 meals to those in need in Niagara County, an increase of over 5,000 meals from 2012. With demand again increasing in 2014, the Patrick P. Lee Foundation recently awarded a $30,000 grant, covering a year’s worth of food purchases within the Mission’s Community Soup Kitchen.
“We were thrilled to learn of this award from the Patrick P. Lee Foundation,” said Robyn L. Krueger, executive director of Community Missions. “The agency takes great pride in providing fresh, nutritious meals to all those that come to us throughout the year. This support ensures these vital programs will continue to address these needs.”
Community Missions initially submitted a request for $10,000 from the foundation to purchase approximately four months’ worth of the staples of a nutritious meal in the Community Soup Kitchen, including fresh produce, meats and dairy. The foundation, however, committed $30,000 to the program upon learning more about the agency and its programs, funding the entire year’s worth of purchases.
“The Patrick P. Lee Foundation is anxious to assist Community Missions of Niagara Frontier with this $30,000 grant," said Mark O’Donnell, executive director of the foundation. "We are excited to partner with such a passionate organization helping the people of Niagara County. There is a great deal of need in the community and the Patrick P. Lee Foundation is happy to help.”
Community Missions provides meals to the community through three separate programs. The Community Soup Kitchen provided over 27,000 meals last year, while the Food Pantry program provided an additional 29,000+ meals in 2013. The Mission also provided more than 19,000 meals to individuals staying within the agency’s Crisis Housing services a year ago.
As much as 98 percent of the funds necessary to operate the Crisis Services division come directly from individual and corporate donations, grant support from foundations, and fundraising events. Those interested in learning more about the agency, or donating to its mission, are encouraged to visit www.CommunityMissions.org, or call 285-3403.