Acuity has determined it will make a special, $300,000 financial contribution equally distributed among three charitable organizations, including the Sheboygan County Food Bank, the Salvation Army, and Feeding America, to support those groups’ COVID-19 relief efforts.
“This is an unprecedented time in the history of our nation and the world,’” said Ben Salzmann, Acuity President and CEO. “Supporting the community is always a priority for Acuity, and there has never been a higher need for essential services than right now when many individuals and families have had their lives significantly disrupted.”
The need for food and vital services is indeed great. “Demand for food pantry services has risen 25 percent in the past two to three weeks and is expected to grow significantly for the foreseeable future. Complicating matters is having to cancel many food drives due to safety concerns given the stay-at-home and social distancing directives. As a result, our organization’s entire 2020 food purchasing budget has been spent already, so Acuity’s support is tremendously important. We can't thank the Acuity team enough for their generosity and kindness in this critical time of need," said Patrick Boyle, Executive Director, Sheboygan County Food Bank.
For the Salvation Army, major areas of need right now are for food, shelter, and assistance with utility bills, rental payments, and prescription medications. The number of requests for food assistance is already three times higher than normal. In addition, the demand for temporary shelter is high.
“We’ve been in Sheboygan county for over 120 years helping people, including through our food pantry and shelter. The support of Acuity helps connect families and individuals with the basics they desperately need,” said Major Jay Davis of the Sheboygan Salvation Army.
Each of the three organizations is playing a vital role in crisis response. The Sheboygan County Food Bank works to collect and distribute food to area residents while inspiring the community to support advocacy and other anti-hunger efforts. The Salvation Army maintains food pantries, shelters, and other services to provide for individuals and families. And the Feeding America network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, working to connect people with food and end hunger.