SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK: The Second Harvest Food Bank has received a $50,000 grant from Morgan Stanley to fund its School Pantry Program, a child hunger initiative that helps to make sure low-income families have a source of healthy and nutritious food to prepare at home. This is the second gift Second Harvest has received from Morgan Stanley, for a total of $100,000. The grant will fund the entire School Pantry Program for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
Morgan Stanley has made a commitment to invest more than $14 million in Feeding America and its network of 200 local food banks that distribute millions of meals every year to children and families nationwide.
SUMMER PARTNERS PROGRAM: Chalmette Refining and ExxonMobil are sponsors of the Summer Partners Program, which provides summer job opportunities for teenagers, with assistance from the St. Bernard Career Solutions Center.
The program matches young adults with office jobs for the St. Bernard School Board, St. Bernard Parish government, Nunez Community College, the St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce and the St. Bernard Council on Aging.
Also, community leaders provide seminars on topics including management of personal finances, the importance of business leadership to a community and educational opportunities for jobs in demand.
The program started June 8 and will end July 17, serving 19 students ages 16 to 19. It is sponsored by a grant of more than $25,000 from the ExxonMobil Foundation.
Program participants are: Matthew Agosto, Alexis Banks, Kelsi Bordelon, Blake Coker, Timyca Cotton, Mariella Di Cristina, Richaad Grayol, Lamonica Heyward, RaJanae Major, Dominique March, Sharon Melerine, Gaybrielle Mitchell, Emily Neyland, Michael O’Neill, Robert N. Stedman, Tre’Vondria Theodore, Julia C. Thornton, Kathryne Wenck and Diamond Williams.
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS: The National Alliance on Mental Illness Louisiana Chapter has received $23,000 from the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana to support, enhance and expand the “train the trainer” program for the Mental Health First Aid program in Louisiana.
Ann Kay Logarbo, chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana, presented the donation to Nicole McGee, executive director of NAMI Louisiana Chapter.
The Mental Health First Aid program teaches individuals how to help people developing a mental illness or in a crisis. It identifies signs of addiction and mental illnesses, outlines the impact of mental and substance disorders and provides a five-step action plan to assess a situation and a directory of local resources.
“Our goal is to educate professionals such as police officers and teachers, caretakers or anyone that may have regular contact with individuals living with a mental illness or how to properly approach an existing or impending mental health crisis,” said McGee. “How someone is approached and handled during a mental health crisis can greatly affect the outcome of the situation.”