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PARKERSBURG — The Sisters Health Foundation has awarded grant funding to 43 nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley in support of its vision of “healthy people in healthy communities.”

At its most recent meeting, the Board of Directors approved a total of $542,226.

“This grant cycle, it has been great to support a variety of organizations who are connecting food systems with our healthcare systems through FARMacy programs and related produce prescription programs,” said SHF Executive Director Renee Steffen. “These connections are a win-win for everyone involved because we know food insecurity impacts one’s health in a variety of ways.”

The Sisters Health Foundation promotes healthy and sustainable communities by providing resources, strengthening collaborative relationships and supporting initiatives that impact people in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Since 1996, the SHF has awarded over $20 million in grants.

The foundation serves 11 counties in the Mid-Ohio Valley in West Virginia and southeast Ohio: Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia; Athens, Meigs, and Washington counties in Ohio. For For more information on grantmaking and eligibility requirements, visit the website

Sixteen organizations that provide direct services, such as food and emergency assistance, received a total of 51,000 from the Basic Needs/Direct Service Grants Program.

* Adams House Ministries; Middlebourne: $5,000 for fresh produce vouchers for Tyler County residents.

* Beechwood Presbyterian Church; Parkersburg: $1,700 for fresh food for their emergency assistance program.

* Children’s Hunger Alliance; Columbus: $3,000 for ready to serve meals and fresh produce for children in Meigs County over the summer and after school in the fall.

* Good Shepherd Episcopal Church; Parkersburg: $4,700 to purchase food for people experiencing the homelessness.

* Greater Marietta Community Food Pantry; Marietta: $4,000 to purchase food, specifically meat, dairy, and produce for their pantry.

* Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio; Worthington, Ohio: $3,500 for non-perishable food and fresh produce to support their mobile food pantries in Athens and Meigs counties.

* Meigs County Farmers’ Market; Pomeroy: $700 for items to set up the donation station at the farmers’ market.

* Ohio University Diabetes Institute; Athens, Ohio: $900 to support transportation of Meigs County youth to a three-day diabetes day camp on the Ohio University campus.

* Parents & Friends of the Hearing Impaired Inc.; Marietta: $3,000 to purchase or repair hearing aids for low income deaf and hard of hearing persons residing in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

* Parkersburg Urban Ministries; Parkersburg: $5,000 to assist Wood County residents with utility payments.

* Right Path for Washington County; Marietta: $3,000 for fresh local produce for farmers market events for youth and families in Washington County.

* Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio; Columbus: $2,000 to supplement the cost of guest family stays for Mid-Ohio Valley residents while their children are in the hospital.

* The Betsey Mills Corporation; Marietta: $4,500 to purchase new mattresses and box springs for residents of the club.

* Washington County Harvest of Hope; Marietta: $4,500 for healthy lean protein to distribute to food pantries and meal sites in Washington County.

* Wood County Schools; Parkersburg: $3,000 to support the costs of vision exams for Emerson Elementary students.

* Zion Baptist Church of Parkersburg; Parkersburg: $2,500 to purchase backpacks and essential items for people experiencing homelessness.

Twenty-seven organizations received support totaling $491,226 for their efforts addressing the health needs of their communities in the priority areas of Healthy Eating, Active Living; Thriving Neighborhoods; and Mental Health and Addiction.

Healthy Eating, Active Living Priority Area

* Boys and Girls Club of Pleasants County; St. Marys: $20,000 to upgrade and improve the cafeteria and classroom where club members eat meals and engage in projects.

* Boys and Girls Club of Washington County; Marietta: $16,000 to support the Triple Play program as well as garden improvements to enhance safety and add more learning components.

* Calhoun Family Resource Network; Grantsville: $5,000 to support story collection, training and advocacy toward the Right to Food in Calhoun County.

* Community Food Initiatives; Athens, Ohio: $18,100 for capacity building support to help their organization with sustainable growth of services.

* Memorial Health System; Marietta: $19,850 to support the FARMacy program in Tyler County in which patients are provided with 15 weeks of fresh locally grown produce and educated on healthy living habits.

* Mountaineer Food Bank; Gassaway, W.Va.: $18,000 to support the improvement of organizational culture and enhance staff skills, performance, and commitment to the overall food bank.

* Rural Action; The Plains, Ohio: $25,000 to support their produce prescription project which partners with health clinics to distribute healthy local foods and healthy pantry basics to low income families in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

* Washington-Morgan Community Action; Marietta: $4,500 to support their summer program which provides hot nutritious lunches to children in New Matamoras, Beverly, Lower Salem and Lowell.

* Wild, Wonderful, and Healthy Pleasants County; Friendly: $9,900 to support the purchase of materials, kitchen tools, and fresh produce for weekly produce prescriptions for participants.

* WVU Extension Service – Family Nutrition Program, Wood County; Parkersburg: $4,500 to support the purchase of produce and supplies for children’s pop up farmers markets.

* WVU-Roane County Extension; Spencer: $4,500 To support the purchase of gardening supplies for Geary Elementary Middle School in Roane County.

Thriving Neighborhoods

Priority Area

* American Friends Service Committee; Milton, W.Va.: $15,000 to provide support for policy advocacy work at the legislative and administrative level, including expanding child nutrition programs, restorative justice in schools, and ending restrictions on SNAP eligibility.

* Birth Circle; Athens, Ohio: $4,000 for capacity building support for their relocation.

* Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg; Parkersburg: $14,650 to support the cleaning and restoration of outdoor spaces at the club as well as the revitalization of their Discovery Garden.

* Children’s Museum of the MOV; Parkersburg: $20,265.50 to support the Projection Pounce exhibit which addresses early childhood motor skills and social connectedness.

* Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley; Parkersburg: $36,000 for multi-year operating support to assist families in their efforts to transition out of poverty.

* Latrobe Street Mission; Parkersburg: $5,000 to assist with the purchase of a walk-in cooler.

* Marietta/Belpre Health Department; Marietta: $4,000 to support the purchase of portable medical equipment used to provide services for women’s reproductive health.

* Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; Athens, Ohio: $60,000 for multi-year funding support to provide uninsured/underinsured patients with labs, diagnostic screenings, diabetes and chronic disease management supplies, transportation assistance, medication, and specialist referrals.

* O’Neill Senior Center; Marietta: $15,000 to assist with the replacement of their phone system to more effectively provide services to seniors in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

* The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley; Parkersburg: $44,210.50 to support the purchase and installation of an ADA elevator to allow access to the second floor.

* Washington County Career Center; Marietta: $25,000 to support the purchase of the Syndaver Surgical Model Bundle Cadaver for their medical programs.

Mental Health and Addiction

Priority Area

* Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home; Parkersburg: $50,000 for multi-year operating support for Covid agency related expenses.

* Ohio University Survivor Advocacy Program; Athens, Ohio: $3,750 to support the cost of EMDR training for Ohio University staff so as to provide trauma-focused therapy for student survivors at the university.

* OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital; Athens, Ohio: $25,000 to support the hiring of a full time youth bereavement counselor serving Athens County and contingent counties.

* Washington County Homeless Project; Marietta: $20,000 to assist in funding security and AmeriCorps staff during their winter operation as well as food for their summer feeding.

* Women for Recovery; Athens, Ohio: $4,000 to support women residents in a sober living environment with healthy eating habits and a sense of community.

The due date for requests under the priority areas of mental health and addiction; thriving neighborhoods; and healthy eating, active living is July 13, 2022. By midnight of this date, submit a full application for the Basic Needs/Direct Service Grants Program or a letter of inquiry for the Responsive Grants Program.

Nonprofits are encouraged to contact Sr. Molly Bauer, Senior Program Officer, at 304-424-6080 or with questions about whether their grant request may be a good fit for the Basic Needs/Direct Service Grants Program. Letters of Inquiry for the Responsive Grants Program may be submitted online at without scheduling a prior phone conversation.

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