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$200,000 Neighborhood Builders grant to expand free summertime lunch and recreation activities in East Portland announced

COURTESY PP&R - Portland Parks Foundation and Portland Parks & Recreation staff, including PPF Executive Director Randy Grag (black sweater) and PP&R Director Adena Long (center) accepted the grant with Parks Commissioner Nick Fish (checkered shirt). The Bank of America grant will allow the Bureau's Mobile Lunch + Play program to expand significantly.
Bank of America has awared the Portland Parks Foundation and Portland Parks & Recreation a $200,000 Neighborhood Builders grant from Bank to expand free summertime lunch and recreation activities in East Portland when school is out.

The grant of $100,000 for each of the next two years will boost PP&R's Summer Free For All Mobile Lunch + Play program. In partnership with Meals on Wheels People, the program brings free summertime lunch, sports, arts, crafts, and games to apartment complexes and sites in Portland where parks are currently scarce. Meals on Wheels People was the recipient of the Neighborhood Builders grant last year.

"Thanks to Bank of America, thousands more Portland children will receive a free, healthy meal," Portland Parks Commissioner Nick Fish said of the grant. "The Neighborhood Builders grant strengthens our longstanding partnership with Bank of America. Thanks to our philanthropic partner, the Portland Parks Foundation, and to Roger Hinshaw and Monique Barton at Bank of America for their commitment to Portland families."

According to PPF, nearly 40% of East Portland households still lack a park within a half mile of their homes. Density continues to increase in east Portland, with an estimated 25,000 more housing units coming by 2035.

COURTESY PP&R - A Mobile Lunch + Play event brings smiles to kids at an east Portland apartment complex. The Portland Parks & Recreation program brings free lunches and the summertime park experience — games, sports, arts and crafts — to areas which don't yet have ready access to parks.

"We recognize the critical role that local nonprofits play to build pathways to economic progress in the Portland community. Through Neighborhood Builders, we connect nonprofits like Financial Beginnings Oregon and the Portland Parks Foundation to the funding and leadership development resources they need to further scale their impact," said Roger Hinshaw, Bank of America's Market President in Oregon and Southwest Washington. "Both of these nonprofits do extraordinary work, so I am pleased we are able to bring forward this additional support at a particularly strategic time for them."

"The Bank of America Neighborhood Builders grant will allow us to bring a lot of the fun of a park directly to the kids," said PPF Executive Director Randy Gragg. "With our city growing so quickly, Mobile Play + Lunch is a fast, effective way to better serve more of our city's kids."

"We are so thankful to Bank of America," said PP&R Director Adena Long. "The grant helps our Free Lunch + Play program grow in size and scope; to deliver the summertime experience every Portland child deserves."

You can find more infkrmation on the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders grants here.

You can find more information on the PP&R program at here.

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