Kentucky American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation have announced that the Foundation will provide $15,000 in grants to Kentucky organizations for their COVID-19 relief efforts.
The American Water Charitable Foundation is donating $10,000 to God’s Pantry Food Bank, $3,500 to Hope’s Hands in Owen County, and $1,500 to the Coronavirus Response Fund. This is in addition to a $1,000 donation Kentucky American Water made in March to the Coronavirus Response Fund and a $100,000 donation American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation made in March to Feeding America, of which God’s Pantry Food Bank is a member.
“Now more than ever, we must help each other during these unprecedented times,” said Kentucky American Water President Nick Rowe. “Kentucky American Water supports communities we serve in good times and in bad, and we are grateful to these organizations for the incredible work they are doing to care for others during this public health emergency. We are pleased to support their efforts.”
God’s Pantry Food Bank, a member of the Feeding America network and based in Fayette County, is working hard to meet the needs of more than 400 food pantry and meal program partners in Central and Eastern Kentucky to assist families facing hunger during this unprecedented time.
Hope’s Hands, a nonprofit organization based in Owen County, will utilize funds to provide food and basic supplies to families during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The Coronavirus Response Fund, based in Lexington, was formed to rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of Kentucky’s current coronavirus emergency and is a collaboration of the Blue Grass Community Foundation, United Way of the Bluegrass, and the City of Lexington. The fund helps complement the work of local public health, nonprofit, and government entities. To date, the focus of funding has been providing access to prescriptions/healthcare (including transportation to medical facilities), food, childcare and basic needs.
In March, Kentucky American Water was one of the first water utilities to suspend shut-offs for nonpayment and restored previously discontinued customer service. Kentucky American Water has also suspended late fees until further notice and is working with customers who are experiencing hardships, including offering the option to apply for payment programs and, for income-eligible customers, its H2O Help to Others payment assistance program.