COVID-19 News Digest: Week of April 20, 2020
Here is this week’s selection of thought-provoking readings and resources that we’ve found useful for navigating the philanthropic response to the coronavirus pandemic:
- California’s food banks grapple with ‘tsunami of need’ as pandemic grows | A powerful article by Maanvi Singhin in the Guardian, that paints a picture of the unprecedent growing need for food, and how local food banks are working hard to meet the demand. “We are ramping up our purchasing, and we’re buying in bulk…right now what we need is money.” Michael Altfest, Director of Community Engagement at the Alameda County Food Bank.
- Charity is off the charts amid the coronavirus. Is that a sign of America’s strength or weakness? | A thoughtful piece on the tensions around philanthropy during the pandemic by Laurence Darmiento in the LA Times “…like much else in a modern America preoccupied by inequality, the disaster has heightened tensions in an industry dependent on much of its funding from the wealthy.”
- The East Bay Community Foundation’s (EBCF) A Just East Bay Response Fund released its grantee list this week | One of our trusted community partners, EBCF, has granted over $1M to date to frontline Alameda and Contra Costa County organizations through their response fund, prioritizing direct economic relief to families and general operating support to nonprofits actively supporting impacted, priority populations.