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Strengthening Essex County’s Food System Post-COVID

Food insecurity is among the challenges most exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, Essex County’s overall food insecurity rate has increased 72% from 2018-2020, while the child rate has skyrocketed by 123%. Right now in Essex County, 20.6% of children don’t know where they’ll get their next meal. 

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Time to create a statewide system of small business support

Time to create a statewide system of small business support

Strolling down Massachusetts’ Main Streets now looks very different than it did a year ago. Foot traffic is down. Online shopping and curbside pickup have largely replaced local, in-person experiences. And all across the state, small businesses that once breathed life and vitality into our communities — some of them for decades — are shuttering their storefronts for good.

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Homelessness in the Midst of a Pandemic

ECCF donors learn about the unique challenges facing nonprofits battling homelessness By Michelle Xiarhos Curran, ECCF Communications Writer   When the COVID-19 pandemic began last March, nonprofits supporting Essex County’s homeless population were blindsided....

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ECCF Welcomes New Donor Stewardship and Services Assistant

Essex County Community Foundation, a $115+ million grantmaking organization serving the 34 cities and towns of Essex County, is pleased to announce that Georgetown resident Megan Burnett has joined ECCF as the foundation’s new donor stewardship and services assistant.

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Lights, History, Agriculture! ECCF Funds Six New Public Art Projects

Merrimack Valley photographers, writers and people seeking calm have probably found themselves at some point on the edge of the Spicket River in Methuen, where Essex County’s only natural waterfall – which once powered 19th century textile mills – drops 100 feet and tumbles over a bed of rocks on its way to the Merrimack in Lawrence.

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Column: During Black History Month, let’s do more than observe

Column: During Black History Month, let’s do more than observe

The events of the past year have been historic, particularly for Black Americans. We’ve celebrated the election of our country’s first Black, South Asian and female vice president, but we’ve also been harshly reminded that in the pursuit for racial equity and justice, there is still a steep hill we must climb.

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