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The WellMed Charitable Foundation has awarded $1.4 million in grants to organizations serving older adults in Texas and Florida.

Recipients in and around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex will receive grants in the coming weeks, these include Metrocrest; Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas; Texas Ramp Project;  Sixty and Better; Meals on Wheels of Collin County and Meals on Wheels of North Central Texas.

The agencies selected focus on combating social determinants of health, including food insecurity, economic security, transportation, housing and social isolation.

“All charities awarded provide crucial amenities to older adults or caregivers,” says Carol Zernial, the executive director of the WellMed Charitable Foundation.  “We are honored to support their essential work and are thankful for their contribution to the communities they serve.”

The WellMed Charitable has awarded grant funding to 37 organizations supporting older adults in Texas and Florida. Additionally, the WellMed Charitable Foundation donated $400,000 to Hope Heroes and $220,000 to grocery delivery programs and special events that support older adults and caregivers. 

Other agencies awarded by WCF in Texas:

San Antonio: Project MEND ($20,000), San Antonio Clubhouse ($20,000), SA Lighthouse ($25,000), San Antonio Hope Center ($15,000)

Austin: Central Texas Food Bank ($50,000), SAIVA ($20,000), Catholic Charities of Texas ($10,000)

Corpus Christi: Coastal Bend Council of Governments ($25,000), Victoria Senior Citizen Center ($25,000)

Dallas/Ft Worth: Metrocrest ($25,000), Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas ($25,000), Texas Ramp Project ($25,000), Sixty and Better ($15,000), Meals on Wheels of Collin County ($15,000), Meals on Wheels of North Central Texas ($15,000)

El Paso: Casa de Peregrinos Inc. ($25,000), El Pasoans Fighting Hunger ($25,000)

Houston: Great Age Movement ($25,000), Bread of Life ($25,000)

Rio Grande Valley: Amigos Del Valle ($20,000), Catholic Charities RGV ($20,000), Silver Ribbon Community Partners ($10,000)

Agencies awarded by WCF in

SW Florida: Collier County Hunger and Homeless Coalition ($20,000), Senior Friendship Centers ($20,000), Community Cooperative ($20,000), Jewish Family Services of the Suncoast ($15,000)

South Florida: Feeding South Florida ($25,000), Hope Heroes ($400,000)

Orlando: Area Agency on Aging of Central Florida Inc. ($20,000), The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia ($20,000)

Tampa: Feeding America Tampa Bay ($20,000), Meals on Wheels of Tampa ($20,000), Homeless Coalition of Polk County ($20,000), Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the Suncoast ($20,000)

Treasure Coast: Community Transit ($20,000), Council on Aging of Martin County ($10,000)

NE Florida: Urban Jacksonville – Aging True ($25,000)

The WellMed Charitable Foundation was established in 2006 by Dr. George Rapier III, a noted physician who is also the Chairman of the Board. The Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, and the philanthropic partner of WellMed Medical Management, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. Learn more about the Foundation at