Community Steps Up to Help Feed Residents at Grandin Pointe

United Way grant along with Mayor Lloyd Winnecke’s Task Force/Feed Evansville are distributing groceries

Evansville, IN—300 families living at Flagship’s Communities’ Grandin Pointe Community on North St. Joseph Avenue will begin receiving bags of groceries delivered weekly to their homes thanks to a $65,000 grant through the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund Greater Evansville Region and Indiana United Ways with the funding provided by Lilly Endowment Inc. The 300 Grandin Pointe families with children will receive grocery deliveries for eight weeks through a partnership between the YMCA and Grandin Evolution, a nonprofit learning cottage offering after-school and summer programming for children living in the community.

“We are so pleased to have the owners of Grandin Pointe and the YMCA as partners with us to provide much-needed assistance to the families with children during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Grandin Evolution Director, Sherry Ocker. “This additional help with food will mean so much to the families at Grandin Pointe.”

YMCA employees and volunteers have been busy shopping to fill the grocery bags with food staples that will allow families to prepare meals. Deliveries will be made to families between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Tuesday. Management at the Grandin Pointe office will coordinate pickup for families who are not home at the time of delivery. Every family with children living in the homes will qualify to participate in the program.

On Saturday, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke’s Task Force along with Feed Evansville assembled 500 boxes of groceries and delivered 100 bags to families at  Grandin Pointe. “We are here to provide relief to the community during this time of COVID-19, and now that we are preparing to reopen, we want to make the transition as easy as possible for the residents,” said Feed Evansville Chair, Lisa Vaughn. “We know that being quarantined and possibly being laid-off from work is hard for our community. We want to make sure that people do not have to worry about where their next meal is coming from—that’s what the task force is here for.”

“I’m very proud of our management team at Grandin Pointe and our strong working relationship with the City of Evansville, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, YMCA and United Way for their continued support of our community,” said Flagship CEO Kurt Keeney.

“It is heartwarming to have so much community support for our Grandin Pointe families,” said Grandin Pointe Community Manager, Jerri Johnson. “Families are stretched pretty thin right now and the gift of groceries will help make sure every child in our community has adequate nutrition.”

Flagship Communities acquired Grandin Pointe, formerly known as Westbrook in 2016. Since then, the community has partnered with Grandin Evolution to provide educational services and resources to children and families in the community. Grandin Pointe owners provide the land for the resource building, utilities and Wi-Fi for the residents to utilize while in the building. “The support we receive from the owners of Grandin Pointe allow us to put 100 percent of our donations and grant funding toward programs for children and families,” said Grandin Evolution Director Sherry Ocker. For more information about Grandin Evolution, visit https://grandinevolution.com/.