Broadway Cares Awards $2.5 Million to Food & Meal Programs

BC/EFA Awards $2.5 Million to Food & Meal Programs

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has awarded a record $2,532,500 in grants to 127 food service and meal delivery programs in thirty-seven states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., including twenty-two in New York City.

This first step in Broadway Cares’ 2022 National Grants Program surpasses the amount given in 2021 and the pre-pandemic 2020 food grant rounds, both of which were also records.

The $2.5 million awarded in this grant round joins the $5.7 million that has been awarded so far to The Actors Fund since October 1, 2021, the beginning of Broadway Cares’ fiscal year. Since March 2020, Broadway Cares has awarded $35 million in grants to The Actors Fund and 450 other social service organizations across the country.

“Nutrition and access to healthy meals are the crux of wellness,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said in a prepared statement. “The effectiveness of vital medications is directly related to the food fueling our bodies. These organizations are making it possible for people to have a fighting chance at living a strong and healthy life, regardless of their circumstances.”

In-theater fundraising on Broadway and across the country, with actors circulating among the audience after a performance with little red buckets for donations, has been on hiatus since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the industry almost two years ago. Although many shows returned to their stages last fall, Broadway Cares temporarily suspended its red bucket appeals as the theater community worked to resume its eight-shows-a-week schedule. That fundraising void was filled by the consistent generosity of donors and supporters of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the philanthropic heart of Broadway. The food grants were fueled by Broadway Cares’ year-end giving campaign, which raised $ 2.2 million leading into 2022.

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