As panic shopping due to the COVID-19 virus emptied the shelves of local grocery stores, the Armanino Foundation stepped up immediately to provide a grant of $1,500 each to the 13 food banks in our local communities. Several food banks told us that the funding was just in time to restock their own empty shelves.
In addition to responding when needed, the Armanino Foundation also made $38,750 in grants to 28 worthy nonprofit organizations in Q1 2020. These additional grants funded wildfire recovery efforts in Australia, pet adoption centers, several health and social services organizations, a STEM education organization and an arts nonprofit. We want to acknowledge these grant recipients and the great work they do for their communities:
|Australian Red Cross|
WIRES – New South Wales based Wildlife Information
Rescue and Education Service, Inc.
Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County,
San Luis Obispo, CA
Food Bank of Contra Costa, Concord, CA
Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Vancouver, Canada
Green Harvest Food Pantry, Plainfield, IL
Hunger Free Colorado, Denver, CO
Idaho Food Bank, Boise, ID
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Los Angeles, CA
|North Texas Food Bank, Plano, TX|
Orange County Food Bank, Garden Grove, CA
San Francisco Marin County Food Bank,
San Francisco, CA
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA
Twin Lakes Food Bank, Folsom, CA
West Seattle Food Bank, Seattle, WA
Sante D’Or Foundation Adoption Center
East Lake Pet Orphanage
Autism Society of Treasure Valley
Courtney’s SAFE Place
St. Vincent de Paul
San Luis Obispo County YMCA
We’re also proud to see our team members stepping up personally to support local nonprofits. Shelter Inc. is a Martinez, California nonprofit that has participated in Armanino’s Great Give, a day of closing the offices and giving back, for many years. Armanino staffers Melanie Petrak and Callie Baird learned that Shelter Inc.’s family shelter had to cancel all volunteer shifts to cook and serve meals due to COVID-19 health concerns. That meant that onsite case managers and staff members, already taxed with increasing sanitation and health education duties, were cooking dinner every night for their residents.
Melanie and Callie jumped in and delivered restaurant meals — Chinese and Italian — to give the shelter staff a break for two nights in late March. The residents were thrilled with the high-quality food and the staff got some well-deserved rest. And team member Kathy Thornton, her siblings and her husband have treated doctors at a Naperville, Illinois emergency room and firefighters at a nearby station to pizza deliveries, relieving the first responders’ concerns about meal planning.
Armanino Foundation’s mission continues to serve as our beacon during this turbulent and uncertain time: “To assist charitable organizations that create a positive impact on the lives of people in our communities.” We’ll continue to share with you other ways the foundation and Armanino support our communities through this current crisis.