The Salvation Army has announced grants totaling $15 million from the Lilly Endowment in support of efforts to address the needs of vulnerable Americans and those whose livelihoods are being impacted by COVID-19.
The grants include $10 million to fund the charitable organization's work nationwide and $5 million for efforts to assist residents of Indiana, where the Lilly Endowment is headquartered.
According to the Salvation Army, one in six Americans lived in poverty before the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the U.S., and more than seven in ten said they would have trouble making ends meet if they were to miss a paycheck. The organization anticipates layoffs and other job losses, food shortages, and childcare needs to increase rapidly as the virus spreads.
"The Salvation Army is only able to serve thanks to support from others, and we are extremely grateful for the generosity of Lilly Endowment," said Salvation Army national commander David Hudson. "Across the country, our dedicated staff are going above and beyond to ensure that our neighbors have access to desperately needed resources such as food and shelter. This much-needed support from Lilly Endowment will allow us to meet those needs for millions of Americans, and we hope the support will boost awareness and inspire others to give as well.
"The Salvation Army is deeply commitment to alleviating human suffering — it's in their DNA," said Ronni Kloth, the Lilly Endowment's vice president for community development. "Through outreach to low-income individuals and families in need of food and shelter as well as counseling, mentoring, and spiritual support, they care for communities every day."