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Lowe’s donates over $9 million to help keep homes safe and affordable in Charlotte

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Lowe’s Home Improvement store is donating $9.25 million in funding, products and gift cards to organizations in Charlotte to keep “homes safe, healthy and affordable” amid the coronavirus crisis.

Lowe’s announced Tuesday it is making the donations in a combination of funding, products and gift cards to nearly 30 local charitable groups and businesses for affordable housing, skilled trades training and technology, the company announced Tuesday.

The Mooresville-based company is extending how it thinks about the word home, company executive vice president of human resources Janice Little said.

Little told the Observer the donations are another step in the company’s efforts to help with community projects. Lowe’s also has an employee volunteer program that has been focused on affordable housing and skilled trades over the last year.

“We really need to make sure that we can support all members of our community,” she said.

Some of the Charlotte hometown

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Closed restaurant donates kitchen space to La Soupe, a charity helping to feed families

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BLUE ASH, Ohio — Two days ago, the La Soupe team was working out of a small building on Round Bottom Road. They were running out of space for their radically changing mission.

Before COVID-19, La Soupe rescued and transformed perishable food donations for hungry kids so they’d have good, nutritious meals on weekends. Since the coronavirus pandemic, the mission has expanded from just kids to entire families.

Then, a restaurateur, who was forced to close his business after the COVID-19 panic, re-purposed his space, opening it to the nonprofit with a mission to feed others.

“It’s huge,” La Soupe founder Suzy DeYoung said. “It’s a huge space – so we can social distance here.”

They couldn’t hit that mark without a bigger place to work – a problem that was solved after a call to action on Facebook and on TV last week.

Enter the Firehouse Grill near Summit

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BROC donates food to GBICS’ Kitchen Cupboard program | The Bennington Banner

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By Patricia LeBoeuf, Bennington Banner

BENNINGTON — In a collaborative effort to provide assistance to struggling individuals, BROC Community Action was set to donate food, hundreds of bars of soap, money and gift cards to Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services on Monday.

“They’re doing a great job over there, and we have resources, and so it seemed like a really smart partnership to put BROC Community Action together with GBICS, Kitchen Cupboard in this case, and throw our weight behind their efforts,” said Tom Donahue, CEO of BROC.

Donahue said he believes collaborating with GBICS’ Kitchen Cupboard program is a strong response to make sure people are taken care of in their time of need.

Basically, he said, they’re taking “everything from our food shelf” and bringing it to the Kitchen Cupboard program.

Donahue said he did think about different ways BROC could run its food shelf program during the

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