FUNDRAISING ASK: nonprofit food pantry in queenshttps://9millionreasons.nyc/about
Hi friends, Posting a direct and somber ask for help. For the last few months, I've been working with a nonprofit food pantry in Queens called 9 Million Reasons, helping them understand nonprofit governance + social + crowdfunding. However, they are in desperate need of *immediate* funding to help meet the demand created by COVID, and I'm looking for connections to *large* single donors OR any advice or thoughts on grants or foundations to apply for funding through. We need 250K to keep the lights on, but 500K would help us make significant improvements to infrastructure and streamline distribution, plus hire people to work there. (Right now, there are 2 full-time staff... both currently working without pay.)Any connections help. 9 Million Reasons is embedded with some of the most vulnerable communities in New York City. In February, they were serving ~2K families a month. When the pandemic hit, that number skyrocketed within a matter of days. They are now serving 30K families a month—about 150K people total—and that number is only growing. They are working around-the-clock with a team of volunteers to meet demand, but they're still not getting enough food to enough people, fast enough. They're also servicing other food pantries, community fridges, and local organizations (DSA, community gardens, etc). Right now, they are surviving off minimal donations, alongside the maxed out credit cards of the founders + some fronting of food supplies by their providers—which is incredible! But those bills are coming due. More about the org is here: https://9millionreasons.nyc/about And on their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/9millionreasons/ Last week's meal stats: ~262,000 meals out the door (including families that come in person to pick up, often waiting hours at the door starting at 5 or 6 AM)Anyway, again: anything helps. Thank you for reading!