$500,000 in emergency grants for 23 nonprofits

Santa Clara County nonprofit organizations to receive recession-relief grants for food, shelter and other programs

Another round of emergency grants for food and shelter programs in Santa Clara County was announced today by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

The foundation will award about $500,000 in grants to 23 nonprofit organizations serving residents in need. In early May, the foundation awarded $1 million in emergency grants for food and shelter programs.

"As the county's unemployment has risen, more people than ever before are turning to food pantries and temporary shelters," Rebecca Salner, a media relations officer from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, said of the emergency grants.

"Safety net providers are struggling to cope with the increased demands," she said.

The organizations receiving grants provide health and dental care, employment counseling, food programs, clothing and even services to domestic-violence victims.

Most of the organizations serve clients throughout the county.

The Community Services Agency, based in Mountain View and serving residents of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, will received $30,000t to help supplemental food items and direct financial assistance for rents.

"Sunnyvale Community Services has had record numbers of people seeking help with food every month for the past eight months," Salner said. "The increased need has come at a time when donations of food have decreased, a trend the organization hasn't seen in 20 years."

This organization will receive $30,000 to buy bulk food and provide rental assistance to low-income residents.

"The grants are part of a larger effort that the community foundation began last year to increase food and shelter services during the recession," Salner said.

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