On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, Bank of America named CROS Ministries as its 2018 Neighborhood Builder. This honor includes $200,000 in grant funding to help the organization further its mission. CROS Ministries celebrates our 40th anniversary in 2018 and has plans to launch a mobile food pantry in Palm Beach County in January, as well.
CROS Ministries’ mission is to serve the hungry in Palm Beach and Martin Counties through community collaborations. In 2017, we served 84,201 meals, fed 66,570 individuals in need and worked with local farms to secure more than 500,000 pounds of produce that went directly to the most food insecure residents.
Despite these incredible efforts, our fight is far from over. There are areas in Palm Beach County that are food insecure that our organization has been unable to reach until now. The $200,000 Neighborhood Builder grant from Bank of America will poise CROS to make its biggest impact yet. The funds will be used to grow our gleaning program resources and expand our food pantry program by launching a new mobile food pantry, allowing them to serve residents in previously unreachable communities.
Neighborhood Builders is an example of how Bank of America deploys capital and build cross-sector partnerships to advance economic and social progress as part of their approach to responsible growth. Through its Neighborhood Builders program, Bank of America addresses issues of economic mobility and advance nonprofit leadership to solve tough community challenges. Since 2004, they have invested more than $220 million in 49 communities – partnering with more than 1,000 nonprofits across 49 communities and helping more than 2,000 nonprofit leaders strengthen their leadership skills. Fifteen years on, the program empowers nonprofits to build more sustainable communities.