Hands On Hartford has received a $25,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation to support the MANNA Community Pantry and Neighborhood Services, as well as the kids weekend Backpack Nutrition Program, operated by Hands On Hartford from its new Center for Community in Hartford’s Parkville neighborhood. The MANNA food pantry serves over 500 families each month. With the funding provided by Lincoln Financial Foundation, the agency will be able to provide more fresh produce, milk, eggs and other healthy choices, along with pantry staples to these families. The weekend Backpack Nutrition program provides meals and snacks to several hundred Hartford children every weekend during the school year, when they are not able to access school breakfast and lunch. This funding will allow the agency to increase the number of children served by this program, and provide fresh fruit and other healthy foods on a regular basis.
Hands On Hartford was founded in 1969 as Center City Churches, is committed to increasing food security and nutrition, improving health and providing housing while engaging volunteers and connecting communities. For more information about their programs, please visit www.handsonhartford.org. The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under the Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human well-being and economic/workforce development. The Foundation allocated nearly $800,000 to support nonprofits in Hartford in 2017. Since 2006, the Foundation has contributed almost $13 million to Hartford nonprofits.