Three local groups have recieved a total of $36,000 in grants through the Pembroke-Petawawa Community Foundation.
The Renfrew Food Bank, the Robbie Dean Centre for Family Counselling and First Step Options were awarded the money. The Community Foundation says these institutions will receive the funds to address food insecurity, mental health and general operating expenses. The Foundation says that the funds will go towards mental health services through the Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre to aid in the mental health of residents. Meanwhile, the money to the Renfrew Food Bank will help them expand their refrigerator and freezer capacity, allowing them to offer more perishable goods. The money will also go to First Step Options, that will help to support women and their families.
The Community Foundation received a boost from the Emergency Community Support Fund to support these projects. The Fund, backed by the Government of Canada, is worth 350 million dollars.