Bank of America has just announced their generous effort to improve issues brought on by COVID-19. The bank is giving over $375,000 to non-profits in the local area, aiming to address food insecurity as well as other causes directly affecting San Antonio residents. The majority of this lump sum, $200,000 to be exact, will be received by the San Antonio Food Bank.
The San Antonio Food Bank needs financial assistance more than ever. This organization accommodates a total of 16 counties in the San Antonio area – that’s a population of 2.5 million people total. Prior to COVID-19, an average week for the Food Bank meant feeding approximately 60,000 families. Fast forward to present day, our nation’s unemployment rate and dwindling resources have caused this number to double. This donation will help ease the pain during this sudden adjustment.
The remaining $175,000 will head to Haven for Hope, SA Hope Center, Soldiers’ Angels, ChildSafe and the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. These organizations target the food insecurity issue as well, while also providing emergency shelter, transformational services and aid to children suffering from abuse and neglect. United Way’s share will specifically land in the hands of their Emergency Childcare Assistance program, which covers childcare for parents and guardians who are essential workers.
Leading this relief program is Jessica Miller, the President of Bank of America San Antonio. She recently aired their purpose by stating, “many of our local residents and businesses, like others around the world, are hurting during the coronavirus crisis, and by working with leading local nonprofits, we are able to deploy critical resources to immediately address some of their most pressing, basic needs.” Through their donation, Bank of America is setting a prime example that, as a community, we need to do what we can to take care of each other in this time.