Starbucks Foundation selects more than 400 non-profits in latest round of Neighbourhood Grants

Building on its US$7.5 million in donations toward COVID-19 community response to date, The Starbucks Foundation has selected more than 400 organisations for its third round of Neighbourhood Grants across the United States and Canada.

Starbucks says these donations were informed and inspired by Starbucks partners who highlighted the causes and organisations uplifting their communities during COVID-19.

As the company continues to navigate through COVID-19, it says it’s focused on caring for the health and well-being of employees and customers, and doing its part to support the more than 32,000 communities it serves.

To date, The Starbucks Foundation has contributed more than US$8.5 million in response to COVID-19, investing in initiatives that extend emergency assistance to those in need while also helping build a path towards recovery and resilience. These contributions include supporting:

Global COVID-19 Response Efforts

  • More than US$1 million in Neighbourhood Grants to more than 400 local organisations across the US and Canada dedicated to COVID-19 community response, inspired and informed by Starbucks employees.
  • US$1 million to United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to support the World Health Organization’s efforts to help countries prevent, detect, and manage the novel coronavirus.
  • US$1 million to the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation to support China’s epidemic prevention and community resilience.
  • US$1 million to support charities focused on COVID-19 relief in partnership with Some Good News, which will double the impact of proceeds of #SomeGoodMerch sales to causes selected by customers, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Direct Relief, and World Central Kitchen.

Coffee and Tea Growing Communities

  • US$1 million to Mercy Corps to support COVID-19 prevention awareness and extend urgently needed direct support across coffee and tea farming communities in Indonesia, Colombia, Guatemala, India, and Ethiopia. To help prevent virus transmission and protect lives and livelihoods, Mercy Corps will provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene supplies as well as food and other needed assistance to vulnerable families during this crisis.

Hunger Relief

  • US$1 million to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund to support people facing hunger and the food banks who help them.
  • US$200,000 to Food Banks Canada’s COVID-19 Response Fund to support critical food distribution and delivery services to local communities.
  • US$50,000 to Second Harvest (Canada)’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to support critical food rescue and delivery services to local communities.
  • US$25,000 to Food Bank for New York City to ensure New Yorkers in need, continue to have access to meals during times of crisis.

Front-line Responders

  • US$250,000 to Direct Relief to support delivery of personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health workers across the US responding to COVID-19.
  • US$250,000 to Operation Gratitude to provide more than 50,000 care packages to first responders and medical personnel.
  • US$75,000 total to Montreal General Hospital Foundation, Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, Calgary Health Trust, and Vancouver General Hospital & UBC Foundation to support health care workers and hospitals responding to COVID-19.
  • US$25,000 to the New York City Police Foundation to support first responders in New York City, including the purchase of supplies that NYPD officers need to keep themselves safe.

Vulnerable Communities

  • US$250,000 to the Robin Hood Relief Fund  to help the most vulnerable and under-resourced New Yorkers by supporting the non-profit organisations on the frontlines in providing emergency support through food, housing, job security and more.
  • US$250,000 to the United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund to help the most vulnerable populations across the US receive critical financial and social service support.
  • US$75,000 to United Way Centraide Canada’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund to support those most in need in local communities across Canada, from basic needs to capacity for community services.
  • US$50,000 to United Way of New York City’s COVID-19 Community Fund to provide food, learning, and other resources to communities who are disproportionately impacted by the economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak.


  • US$500,000 to The Plate Fund at Seattle Foundation to provide immediate financial assistance to restaurant workers who have been hardest-hit in King County, Washington.
  • US$250,000 to the COVID-19 Response Fund hosted by Seattle Foundation to rapidly provide flexible resources to community-based organisations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.
  • US$50,000 to Catholic Community Services to purchase cleaning supplies and provide motel vouchers and food delivery to vulnerable families.
  • US$50,000 to FareStart to provide emergency meals to organisations that serve youth, adults and families who are low income or experiencing homelessness.
  • US$50,000 to Mary’s Place to help move vulnerable families to alternate shelter sites and help expand shelter capacity.
  • US$50,000 to Wellspring Family Services to support temporary staffing to avoid disruption in services to unsheltered families and purchase cleaning supplies.
  • US$50,000 to United Way of King County to enable continued services and additional preparedness support to unsheltered families.

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