McClinton announces $17,500 grant to help local nonprofit feed families in West Philly

PA House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton today announced a $17,500 grant for Community of Compassion CDC to support their ongoing commitment to keep families fed in West Philadelphia.

McClinton said the funding is from the Department of Community and Economic Development and will go toward creating a new food distribution center for the nonprofit on Cedar Avenue. The grant will support:

  • Expanding food distribution from two to six days a week.
  • Providing 1,000 free meals per week.
  • Increasing storage capacity for food donations by 75%.
  • Adding new jobs.

“I am grateful to have local groups like Community of Compassion CDC that have always been there for our neighbors – especially during COVID-19 – by providing them with the meals and support they need when they need it,” explained McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “I will continue fighting in Harrisburg to secure this type of funding to invest in organizations dedicated to putting people first and moving our communities forward.”

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, our organization has given away more than half a million pounds of food to feed tens of thousands of families,” said Terrilynn Donnell, principal officer of Community of Compassion CDC. “We’re so fortunate to work with community leaders like Leader McClinton who shares our passion to end hunger and takes action to help meet the needs of our neighborhoods.”

McClinton said the grant will be used to obtain all the necessary documents to complete the renovation for this project, including plan and elevation renderings and construction documents.

Community of Compassion CDC works to address food insecurity and provide families with local and convenient access to healthy meals.