Through the NATS4GOOD Community Responses Fund, Nationals Philanthropies is currently dispersing charitable grants to community partners that are delivering essential food access, health, and human services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
4P Foods is a longtime partner of the Washington Nationals Nationals and the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. Since 2017, 4p Foods has partnered with the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy to connect families living in Ward 7 and 8 to affordable, organic fresh food. The Nationals Philanthropies recently awarded a $25,000 Community Response Grant to the Mid-Atlantic Food Resilience and Access Coalition (MAFRAC), an organization with the mission to “feed and be fed” that 4P Foods CEO, Tom McDougall is a founding partner. The Nationals Philanthropies outlined the purpose of the Community Response Grant Award on their website with the following statement:
Food insecurity is a systemic problem for vulnerable populations, exacerbated by the sweeping nature of the COVID19 pandemic. Longstanding food access partner of the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy – 4P Foods, is leading the Mid-Atlantic Food Resilience and Access Coalition. The grant will expand the coalition’s efforts to support local farms and food businesses to ensure that our community has access to good food. The coalition is actively working to employ an innovative, multi-sectoral approach including activities that source produce and other food from local farmers and food banks, hire food service professionals to prep meals or recipes, and coordinate logistics to get food in the hands of people where and how they need it. More than a dozen other partner organizations – including Dreaming Out Loud, Capital Area Food Bank, and Local Food Hub – have joined the coalition.
While their baseball games are still on hold, The Washington Nationals have recently partnered with World Central Kitchen (WCKitchen) to turn their stadium into a preparation and packaging location for thousands of free meals every day. MAFRAC will help WCKitchen identify needs and help coordinate the logistics of the tens of thousands of free meals that will be distributed from the community kitchen once the program tees off.
To join us in our collective efforts to improve food access in these difficult times:
1. Visit mafrac.com to learn more about the regional coalition.
2. Follow MAFRAC on Facebook, Twitter, and the hashtag #MAFRAC to read about emerging feeding efforts.
3. Support 4P Foods own COVID-19 feeding efforts. Learn more by visiting 4P’s Emergency Farms + Food Fund for the Greater DMV/VA.