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More than $1 million invested in community for COVID-19 relief

Posted May 5, 2020

United Way of Tarrant County has invested $1,087,000 in the community for COVID-19 relief from the organization’s Emergency Relief Fund and through federal and state grants administered by the Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County.

Last week, United Way of Tarrant County allocated an additional $420,000 from the Emergency Relief Fund, bringing the total community investment from the Emergency Relief Fund to $670,000. The latest allocation will fund 29 organizations focused on providing the most basic and critical needs to more than 100,000 Tarrant County residents impacted by COVID-19.

In addition, United Way of Tarrant County’s Area Agency on Aging has increased its support to Meals On Wheels and Sixty & Better with an investment of more than $417,000 to provide 75,747 meals to 2,100 people since mid-March as a result of COVID-19. This is above and beyond the number of meals typically served in a month, which is 25,948 at a cost of more than $137,000 per month.

The additional meals feed senior citizens who previously relied on community centers for their meals or family members and friends who can no longer visit because of social distancing rules.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on our community, especially the most vulnerable, which includes children and senior citizens,” said Leah King, president and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County. “Providing critical needs to families with children and meals for senior citizens has increased at an unimaginable rate.”

Recipients of the Emergency Relief Fund are organizations focused on serving the needs of vulnerable populations, including food, baby formula, rent and utilities. Recipients also include those providing alternative sources of income, access to the internet and technology as well as helping with operating funds for organizations providing essential services and support. View a list of funding recipients.

Almost $830,000 in contributions have been made to United Way of Tarrant County’s Emergency Relief Fund by corporations, foundations and individuals, including Alcon Foundation, Bank of America, Folsom Point Charities, Frost Bank, Gaudin Family Foundation, GXA, Lhoist, Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control, Tenaska, UNTHSC, and Wells Fargo.

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