How We Work
Historically, much of the Eos Foundation's portfolio has been dedicated to organizations providing direct service to individuals in need. As of September 2011, we will increase our focus on achieving systems change, particularly in Massachusetts, to make a material and sustainable difference in food security.
Promoting Philanthropy Across the Commonwealth
Eos is committed to leveraging every dollar we invest. We are working to drive awareness and build partnerships to expand the number of philanthropic dollars invested in alleviating poverty.
Since 2008, the Eos Foundation has provided Emergency Assistance Grants to help organizations meet the critical needs of low-income individuals and families across Massachusetts. Eos is proud to be a founding member of a coordinated grantmaking effort that in 2012 has grown to 25 funding members investing $3.7 million in targeted donations.
Organizations receiving Emergency Assistance funding include but are not limited to:
Cape Cod Times Needy Fund
Since 1936, the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund has been helping needy families through emergencies. The fund provides financial assistance to Cape Cod residents for basic human needs such as food, rent, mortgage payments, utility and heating bills, medical costs and other basic expenses.
The Family Pantry
Serving nearly 800 families per month, the Family Pantry's mission is to provide food and clothing to those in need.
Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts works to reduce hunger and increase food security in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire Counties.
Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank works to help end hunger in eastern Massachusetts, distributing more than 30 million pounds of food and feeding over 320,000 people each year.
Hands of Hope
Hands of Hope Outreach Center, a program of the Cape Cod Council on Churches, provides temporary relief to Mid-Cape individuals and families experiencing hard times.
Jewish Family Services of MetroWest
Jewish Family Services of MetroWest is a nonprofit agency providing social and community services for people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds.
Lower Cape Outreach Council
For 30 years, the Lower Cape Outreach Council has provided short-term emergency assistance to families and individuals on the Lower Cape
Merrimack Valley Food Bank
The Merrimack Valley Food Bank is a community-supported nonprofit organization that provides nutritious food and personal care items to emergency feeding programs serving the low-income, homeless and hungry.
Project Bread is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ultimately ending hunger in Massachusetts and operates the Food Source Hotline. In collaboration with Project Bread, the Eos Foundation also identified and provided Summer Food Grants to aid federally-funded Summer Food Service Programs run by the Barnstable County Department of Human Services, the Friendly House in Worcester, the Healthy Peabody Collaborative, and the Framingham, Salem, Springfield, and Waltham Public Schools.
Worcester County Food Bank
The Worcester County Food Bank works to provide relief from hunger in 60 communities across Central Massachusetts.