YMCA of Greater Kansas City recently received a grant for $10,000 from the General Mills Foundation Hometown Giving to support the Y’s Food Program. The Y’s Food Program consists of open meal distribution sites, five-component meals for youth enrolled in Y-Club afterschool care, and Saturday breakfasts. The Y intends to serve 90,000 meals to 7,500 children in the next 12 months. The program helps ensure that healthy food is available, adequate, accessible, affordable, and appropriate for children experiencing food insecurity. It is the Y’s goal to offer five-component meals and serve fresh produce with meals as often as possible.

KidsTLC, Inc. recently received a grant for $20,000 from the Oppenstein Brothers Foundation to support their Lotus Behavioral Health Specialty Clinics for Youth (& Families). Funding from the Oppenstein Brothers Foundation will help support the overall sustainability of the clinic and the vital services it provides to underserved and underinsured families. This funding will assist over 2,000 youth who struggle with anxiety, self-harm/suicidal thoughts, and a myriad of other mental health concerns through over 10,500 encounters. The Lotus Clinic will focus on increasing the availability of anxiety disorder services; support for the LGBTQ+ population; and specialized Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) services while also continuing general outpatient therapy.

Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Inc. (CMHS) was recently awarded a $7,960 grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT), Missouri Elderly and Handicapped Transportation Assistance Program (MEHTAP) to transport patients who are elderly to medical appointments and other critical transportation needs. CMHS anticipates transportation services for elderly patients will...

United Inner City Services (UICS) recently received a grant for $5,000 from U.S. Bank, Community Play Pillar to support the Arts@St.Mark initiative which infuses the arts into the St. Mark Center’s learning environment and offers community experiences in the arts. The initiative aligns with the U.S. Bank guidelines of providing access to artistic and cultural activities and visual and performing arts for individuals and families living in underserved communities.

Powell Gardens recently received a grant for $20,000 from the Bayer USA Foundation to support the scaling of its multi-visit curricular STEM education program, Plants Matter!, for fifth-grade students. Funds from the Bayer USA Foundation will support curriculum development, volunteer training, and program delivery, including a portion of classroom supplies and program staff salaries.