Faith-Based Nonprofit Organization Offers Monetary Reward to Support Community Service | Local News

BRIDGETON — A group of churches and nonprofits in Cumberland County will benefit from $26,000 awarded by the M25 Initiative, a Christian nonprofit in the county, said Ray Garcia, president of the organization.

Churches expected to receive part of the funding include Evangelical Lutheran Church of Christ in Bridgeton, Divine Mercy Parish Pantry in Vineland and Trinity First Hope Center in Millville. Everyone can use the money to support their community service activities, including providing meals to the homeless and stocking up on supplies for food pantries, the organization said Thursday.

The M25 Initiative is a fundraising entity that supports religious institutions in Cumberland County by helping them carry out ministry work throughout the county.

“M25’s mission is to empower our community to show compassion to those in need,” Garcia said Thursday. “The Food Insecurity Grants are a huge help to those on the front lines meeting the needs of the poor and homeless in Cumberland County. We are proud of the work of our community partners and volunteers, and we are honored to help them through these grants.

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The money builds on $25,000 guaranteed for county churches and nonprofits through the fall and winter. That’s likely important for churches and faith-based food pantries serving more visitors due to rising grocery costs triggered by high inflation.

Additionally, $15,000 is being given this month to institutions to provide shower programs in Bridgeton, Millville and Vineland.

The M25 Initiative also provided $18,000 in funding to support the 2021-2022 Code Blue Warm-Up Centers in these municipalities. It continues to fund the Cumberland County Housing First Collaborative, which houses individuals and families struggling with chronic homelessness, the organization said.

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