PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Elks Lodge #154 awards grant to Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund.
The Portsmouth Elks Lodge #154 in collaboration with the Elks National Foundation CommunityImprovement Program (CIP) has awarded a grant in the amount of $5500 to benefit the Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund. This grant will be directed toward addressing hunger and food insecurity needs for students in our local community.
Steven’s Power Packs, the primary program of the Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund, works to reduce the devastating effects of childhood hunger by providing nutritious, shelf-stable, easy to open foods for elementary-aged school children over the weekends. The program serves between 1250 and 1300 children every weekend in 19 elementary schools in Scioto, Pike, and Adams Counties.
The very generous grant provided by BPOE Lodge No. 154 and the National Elks will purchase over 1,833 Power Packs providing more than 7,333 meals to these precious children.
Mark Hunter of the Hope Fund upon receipt of the grant stated: “Virgie and I are so grateful on behalf of hundreds of hungry children in our area. The last year has been very difficult on everyone. Especially challenging for nonprofits who depend upon fundraising events, which have had to be canceled. This grant will provide help at a critical time. Thank you so much for all you do for our community, especially the most vulnerable children.”
“The Elks are proud to partner locally with the Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund to combat local childhood hunger issues, says Jerry Easter, Exalter Ruler Lodge #154.
If you are interested in more information or would like to contribute to the Steven A. HunterHope fund you can visit their website at http://www.stevenshopefund.org/home.html.
This project was made possible by a grant from the Elks National Foundation, the charitable arm of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Through its Community Investments Program, the Elks National Foundation awards grants to local Elks Lodges to help the Elks strengthen their communities. This year, the Elks National Foundation will award $6.5 million in grants to benefit Elks communities.
To get involved with this or other Elks Lodge projects, email Project Manager Chad Phipps at [email protected] For more information about how the Elks National Foundation invests in local communities, visit the Elks National Foundation website atwww.elks.org/enf/community.