Millions of parents put out of work by the pandemic are out of money and facing impossible choices: Pay for food or buy formula? Pay their rent or buy medicine? Make a car payment or pay the water bill? Stimulus payments and extended unemployment benefits can help, but too often, applicants find that these cash infusions can take weeks or even months to materialize. Many families already having a hard time covering basic needs, including those receiving SNAP or food assistance, have been pushed even closer to the breaking point.

This month, Stand for Children announced a new initiative meant to provide critical help to struggling families as quickly as possible. Through partnership with Propel and GiveDirectly, Stand for Children launched Project 100, a nationwide campaign to provide $1,000 direct cash transfers to 100,000 families in dire need in the next 100 days. The organizers’ goal is to provide a critical lifeline to 100,000 families across the country who receive SNAP benefits and use Propel’s Fresh EBT App. For more information, visit the Stand for Children website.

Here in Memphis, our partner organizations are working hard to get emergency help to people and communities most in need.

  • Legacy of Legends CDC mobilized supporters to offer financial help to people living in neighborhoods hard hit by rising unemployment because of the pandemic. The organization offered $250 COVID-19 relief grants to anyone living in the North Memphis, Frayser, Raleigh, or North Haven communities who have been laid off during this crisis. The grant was to be used to help with rent or utility payments. For more information, visit the Legacy of Legends CDC website.
  • Starting April 27, Shelby County residents can apply for financial assistance through a county fund designed to provide rent and mortgage assistance to any resident whose income has dropped by half or more because of the pandemic. The Division of Community Services will administer the funds and approve as much as $1,500 for help with rent or mortgage, up to $600 in utility assistance, and $200 in food and essentials. For more information, visit the Shelby County website.