JLP Awards $135,000 in Grants to Local Non-Profit Organizations

At its Annual Meeting on April 20, The Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc. awarded grants totaling $135,000 to five (5) non-profit community organizations working to improve food security and health in Greater Philadelphia. More than 35 organizations requested a total of more than $1.3 million in funding. Grant funds were raised through contributions, primarily from the League’s own membership of 850 women, to the JLP’s $1.4 million+ Centennial Campaign for Building Community and through other fundraising efforts of its members. The Centennial Campaign, launched in 2012 and named in celebration of 100 years since the Junior League of Philadelphia’s founding, also funded significant renovations to JLP Headquarters.

The Centennial Grant awardees follow:

From left: Elizabeth Farr, 2016-2017 President, Junior League of Philadelphia; Mary Kay Meeks-Hank, Executive Director, Face to Face; Susan O’Hagan Marley, Director of Development, Face to Face; Mary Peller, 2016-2017 President-Elect, Junior League of Philadelphia

Face to Face: $55,000 award

Mission: To provide the Germantown, Philadelphia community with a safe environment
and practical tools to promote health, wellbeing, and stability

Funding Purpose: To construct a kitchenette in their Children’s Center, enabling snack
and meal service to children and their parents as well as educational programming for
meal preparation


From left: Elizabeth Farr, 2016-2017 President, Junior League of Philadelphia; Anne Rice Burgess, President and CEO, Methodist Services’ Heritage Farms; Carole Boughter, Director of Development, Methodist Services’ Heritage Farms; Mary Peller, 2016-2017 President-Elect, Junior League of Philadelphia

Methodist Services’ Heritage Farm: $30,000 award

Mission: To create a sustainable, community-based food system by growing and
providing fresh produce and offering hands-on education and life skills to the families
they serve in West Philadelphia

Funding Purpose: To refurbish their farm stand, hire a seasonal educator, and create a
community garden with Methodist Services residents


From left: Elizabeth Farr, 2016-2017 President, Junior League of Philadelphia; Kathy Desmond, President, People’s Emergency Center; Mike Verrill, Chair, People’s Emergency Center Board of Directors; Mary Peller, 2016-2017 President-Elect, Junior League of Philadelphia

People’s Emergency Center: $20,000 award

Mission: To nurture families, strengthen neighborhoods, and drive change in West
Philadelphia

Funding Purpose: To reinstitute Eating Well Cooking Workshops, a six-week program of
three-hour classes that teach adults healthy cooking, with the goals of experiencing the
connection between healthy eating and healthy living


From left: Elizabeth Farr, 2016-2017 President, Junior League of Philadelphia; Sister Betty Scanlon, RSM, Executive Director, Community Center at Visitation; Mary Peller, 2016-2017 President-Elect, Junior League of Philadelphia

Community Center at Visitation: $15,000 award

Mission: To provide a safe place for community outreach, continued education, and
recreation among the diverse community of Kensington, Philadelphia

Funding Purpose: To stock their food pantry with a wide variety of typically out-of-budget
healthy food items and to extend pantry hours to include weeknights


From left: Elizabeth Farr, 2016-2017 President, Junior League of Philadelphia; Sue Daugherty, CEO, MANNA; Kelly McGlynn, Grant Manager, MANNA; Mary Peller, 2016-2017 President-Elect, Junior League of Philadelphia

MANNA: $15,000 award

Mission: To prepare and deliver nourishing meals and counsel to those battling lifethreatening illnesses in the Philadelphia region, empowering individuals to battle illnesses and improve their quality of life

Funding Purpose: Procurement of a freezer for their new headquarters