“The money will be used for our program, which is providing food, formula and diapers to babies and toddlers in need,” Jones said.
City officials work with civic organizations to choose the organizations that receive the grants.
The first year the city bought books for a new elementary school library, and last year it went to the Regional Food Bank's programs to buy school supplies, said Jane Abraham, the city's community and government affairs manager. They chose to help babies this year.
“We just felt like there was a need in that area,” Abraham said. “We had been focusing more on school-age children in the last few years. You can reach a different demographic of children that is also in need.”
For more information about Infant Crisis Services or to donate, go to www.infantcrisis.org or call 528-3663.