Lakeshore nonprofit wins $75,000 through Chick-fil-A’s ‘True Inspiration Awards’

Community Action House was selected from more than 2,600 nonprofits across the United States to receive $75,000 in funding through Chick-fil-A’s “True Inspiration Awards.” 

The nationally competitive grant program distributes $5 million to innovative nonprofit organizations nationwide each year.

Community Action House (CAH) plans to use these funds to further expand services at its recently opened Food Club & Opportunity Hub. This innovative, membership-based model of food assistance promotes healthy food in a welcoming, high-dignity environment that prioritizes enhancing choice and opportunities for low-income guests who rely on those services.

CAH Team and Holland Chick-fil-A Team celebrate the donation.

Increased need

The funds couldn’t have come at a better time, says Scott Rumpsa, Community Action House CEO.

“More families than ever are facing impossible decisions between paying for rent, health care, and putting food on the table,” says Rumpsa. “Thanks to our community’s generous support, we’re able to push our service into high gear and expand our service to meet the increasing need in our community. Every day, families turn to us for the healthy food, support, and partnership that is critical to helping them move forward. We’re grateful for our partners at Chick-fil-A, and their commitment to ‘caring through food’ alongside us.”

Since opening in October 2021, the Food Club has served more than 2,800 families in need. With inflationary pressures pushing so many more family budgets past the breaking point, CAH has recently seen well over 150 families calling on them for support every day, six days a week. On average, seven of these families are brand new guests seeking support for the first time, pushing service numbers higher and higher as community needs expand.

‘Thrilled’ with funding

The Holland nonprofit was nominated by Holland’s Chick-fil-A location. After expert review, CAH’s proposal was identified as among the top 46 in the nation and top five in the Midwest region.

Each of the finalists participated in several rounds of competition, including a voting period where community members could increase the organization’s chances of winning by voting through the Chick-fil-A app. Community Action House, Chick-fil-A of Holland, and the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce partnered in September to encourage participation.

Chick-fil-A’s funding will allow the Food Club to grow more quickly and provide greater reach to serve more of the 10,000 of our neighbors in the area who struggle with food insecurity.

“We’re thrilled that Community Action House was selected as a finalist, and that they received this incredible funding to expand their work. I’ve been so impressed with their approach to service, and I’m glad that Chick-fil-A can play a part in supporting such a special place for so many in our community,” says Shaun Page, owner/operator at Chick-fil-A Holland.

 
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