The Midnight Mission announced Monday it received a $100,000 grant to support hunger relief efforts during the holiday season and beyond.

“No one should have to go hungry, especially during the holiday season. We’re grateful to Albertsons, Vons, and Pavilions Nourishing Neighbors for awarding us this grant so we can help the homeless community,” said Katya Askar, the mission’s manager of Corporate Giving and Events.

The Albertsons, Vons, and Pavilions Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative was established to help families impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. More than $77 million has been donated this year to help food banks, schools and senior centers launch or maintain their meal programs.

This round of Nourishing Neighbors grants focuses on the needs of marginalized communities, which have been hit particularly hard. Roughly 86% of Latino households with children and 66% of Black households with children have reported severe financial difficulties during the pandemic.

“We’re distributing almost $14 million in grants to great community organizations that are dedicated to helping where the need is most urgent,” said Albertsons Companies Southern California Division President Kevin Curry. “We’re proud to partner with The Midnight Mission so that, together, we can make a difference in the lives of the people who are disproportionately at risk of hunger.”

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