Local, regional charities to receive funding from Bristol food manufacturer

Shepherd's Cove is located at 347 W. Lusher Ave. in Elkhart.

BRISTOL – The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Monogram Foods, announced the Bristol area winners for 2017 Foundation grants.

Possible grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. A committee of team members at Monogram Comfort Foods in Bristol, reviewed each charity’s grant application and divided a total of $30,000 among the following charity winners:

• iCaleb and Company: Funds will help pay for every child in northern Indiana diagnosed with cancer to receive an iPad. The iPad allows the child to Facetime with friends and family during hospital stays or when the child is too at risk to be in contact with other people.

• ADEC: Funds will allow students from low-income families to participate in after school care and summer camps with the aim to grow students recreationally, educationally and socially.

• Child and Parent Services (CAPS): Funds will pay for the revitalization of the playground and the replacement of outdoor toys and mulch for the new playground area. This area will be a place where children can safely rebuild damaged relationships with their parents, play, explore, and form healthy memories.

• United Way of St. Joseph County: Funds will allow children from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend a summer camp specializing in developing early literacy skills to make children kindergarten ready.

• YMCA of Michiana: This grant will fund summer learning-loss prevention academic programs that are free of cost to first and second grade children from lower socioeconomic households.

• Five Star Life: This grant will fund the afterschool program that provides over 8,000 middle school students with the tools and resources they need to be successful in life and to be assets in their community.

• Jefferson Community Church: Jefferson community church hosts a before school and after school program that serves 300-400 children ages 3-12. The funds from this grant will go towards upgrading their playground to be ADA compliant so all children can have a safe and fun experience.

• La Casa de Amistad: This grant will provide academic support to Latino children and promote their pride in the Latino culture by providing cultural enrichment activities and projects in the Michiana area.

• The Shepherd’s Cove Clothing Pantry: Funds from this grant will supply clothing, household items, furniture and other basic needs to under-resourced families in the Michiana area.

• Safe Kids Elkhart County: This program aims to prevent accidental death and injury in children under the age of 13. This grant will fund the Restraint Permanent Fitting Station, which provides every individual in Elkhart County who transports a child access to free inspection of car seats to guarantee that the child is properly restrained.

These above recipients, headquartered within 100 miles of the Monogram Comfort Foods plant at 605 Kesco Drive, were among many worthwhile applicants who applied for these charitable funds. A committee of Monogram Comfort Foods team members decided how to allocate grant funds without any influence from upper management.

The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation was created in 2010 to give back to the communities in which Monogram team members live and work. Since 2010, Monogram Loves Kids has donated almost $1 million to various children’s charities across the United States.

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