Food pantries have seen an increase in demand during the coronavirus pandemic due to the country’s fall toward Great Depression levels of unemployment. One local charity is offering emergency grants to keep depleted food pantries restocked.
Music for the Mission (M4M) is a non-profit committed to helping the homeless and hungry in Central New York. Thus far they have donated $9,000 to local food banks throughout the area and has funds for several more organizations in $1,000 increments.
Local non-profit organizations dedicated to assisting the homeless and hungry are encouraged to apply for emergency grant funding via an application on their website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 2009 by Joe Stanley of Stanley Law and Moonan, who’s a founding board member, M4M raises money by sponsoring local musical events and redirecting proceeds to small, CNY non-profit organizations.
Typically the organization raises funds by sponsoring music events and redirecting funds to the non-profits in need. As the pandemic has largely canceled live music events, they have been creative in using virtual tip jars and other virtual fundraising initiatives since March to help fund their efforts.
In Dec. 2019, Central New York musicians worked together to produce “We Are One,” a song for purchase on Amazon and iTunes for 99 cents. Each download feeds three people.
Learn more about their efforts during the pandemic by visiting musicforthemission.org.