Salvation Army gets $7K grant for food aid

The Columbus Salvation Army food pantry at 2525 Illinois Ave. has received a $7,000 grant from a philanthropic fund to help its clients.

There are four Salvation Army service areas located in the Indiana Division that received grant awards totaling a combined $37,500 from the Glick Community Relief Fund, a grant program of Glick Philanthropies that supports local nonprofit organizations providing access to basic needs.

These awards were four of 90 totaling $695,600 to organizations supporting communities where Gene B. Glick Company properties are located during this time of heightened demand and economic uncertainty. These awards were four of 54 total directed to Indiana-based organizations.

“Glick Philanthropies is committed to offering support to nonprofit organizations that are providing essential basic needs to our most vulnerable communities,” said Ben Grande, director of philanthropy for Glick Philanthropies. “The efforts of these organizations are especially critical now as our communities face rising inflation and the continued effects of the pandemic.”

In 2021, 1,470,576 meals and grocery orders were provided to Hoosiers by The Salvation Army Indiana Division through its food pantries, hot meal programs, and grocery cards.

“We continue to praise God for the generosity of our community which enables us to come alongside our neighbors in these critical ways,” said Major Rachel Stouder, Indianapolis Area Commander.

“With funding like this, we can continue to offer support such as spiritual, social, and emotional support which we know are all very important. However, practical, physical, basic needs are foundational to the stability of individuals and families, the importance of which cannot be overstated,” Stouder said.

The local Salvation Army recently launched an endowment fund that also will help clients with growing needs, according to organizers.

2022 marks the seventh year that Glick Philanthropies has administered its property-nominated grant program. Through this initiative, over $3.5 million has been awarded to roughly 225 organizations in communities where Gene B. Glick Company properties are located.