Community West Foundation approved $ 785,000 in first quarter grants to nonprofit agencies that provide food or refugee services located in Cleveland, western Cuyahoga and Lorain counties, according to a news release.

An additional $ 178,000 was distributed through its Community Impact Fund bringing the total to $ 963,000, the release said.

The Community Impact Fund was established for donors who wanted to invest alongside Community West’s mission knowing that contributions would be distributed directly to grantees quarterly.

Community West Foundation announced in December it was reorganizing its grant cycle process for 2022 focusing on specific areas of its mission.

Marcus Madison, left, officer program for Community West Foundation; Susan Bartosch, vice president of external affairs at Second Harvest Food Bank; Julie Chase-Morefield, president and CEO at Second Harvest; and Marty Uhle, president and CEO of Community West Foundation are shown. (Submitted photo)

For the first quarter, the foundation fielded applications from organizations that focus on water access and hunger elimination as well as those that aid its refugee and immigrant neighbors, the release said.

Grants were awarded to:

• Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio, $ 85,000

• Beyond the Walls Food Pantry in Elyria, $ 10,000

• Village Project in Bay Village, $ 40,000

• Westlake United Methodist Church – Food Pantries, $ 20,000

• West Shore Meals on Wheels in Rocky River, $ 10,000

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