Riverwest Meals Pantry, Acts Housing Receives Aurora Advocate Grants

Riverwest Food Pantry transit operation.

Advocate Aurora Health announced that it is making $ 450,000 grants to the Riverwest Food Pantry and Acts Housing as part of its Better Together Fund.

It is the final round of grant funding overall Investment of $ 2.1 million that the health system announced last month.

The Milwaukee and Downers Grove, Ill., Health system said the funding is aimed at increasing organizations’ nutrition and housing efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $ 250,000 grant will help Riverwest Food Pantry establish an expanded food center that will promote habits and skills to improve nutritional health and control diabetes, expand culinary employment training and mentoring to improve financial stability, and Addressing housing and behavioral health challenges.

“We are so grateful and excited. We have found that feeding hunger can be a catalyst in improving the social, nutritional, and financial vitality of our entire community, ”said Vincent Noth, executive director of Riverwest Food Pantry. “This grant from Advocate Aurora Health’s Better Together Fund will help us expand our services and alleviate the pain and financial stress of food insecurity and nutritional disease for thousands of low-income households in the Riverwest-Harambee neighborhood and beyond.”

The $ 200,000 grant will support Acts Housing’s financial advice, real estate services, rehab counseling, and other services that help families buy, rehabilitate, and keep a home.

“COVID-19 has highlighted the difficulties many of our neighbors are facing in securing a decent and affordable home,” said Michael Gosman, President and CEO of Acts Housing. “This award will help our organization provide the support they need to more than 200 Milwaukee families to make their home ownership dreams come true.”

Other Advocate Aurora fellows included: Hispanic Collaborative, African American Chamber of Commerce, Sigma Pi Beta Alpha Boulé / Marquette University Peacebuilding Center, UMOS, Asha Project, Milwaukee Jobs Work, Cream City Medical Society / Milwaukee Health Services, and Wisconsin Area Center for health education.

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