MANKATO — Grants were awarded to 23 organizations in southwest Minnesota that serve older adults during the pandemic.

According to a news release from the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, it received a total of $100,000 in funds from the Minnesota Council on Foundations to assist organizations that focus on supporting older adults, caregivers, and people with disabilities.

Organizations are using these dollars to assist in providing nutrition services to potentially isolated individuals and TO provide their services virtually.

The following area organizations were among those to receive grants:

  • Bethesda Day Break in Kandiyohi County
  • Brookside Senior Living in Chippewa County
  • Chippewa Enterprises in Chippewa County
  • Grove City CARE in Meeker and Kandiyohi counties
  • Hearth Adult Life Programs in Chippewa and Lac qui Parle counties
  • Heartland Industries in Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Redwood and Yellow Medicine
  • Prairie Five Community Action Council in Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties
  • Vista Prairie at Copperleaf in Kandiyohi County
  • Vista Prairie at Garnette Gardens in Redwood County.

The Minnesota Council on Foundations connects more than 140 philanthropic partners, from family and independent foundations to corporate giving programs.

The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging serves 27 counties in southwest Minnesota, working to build communities where older adults live with dignity and mutual respect.