The Episcopal Church has announced that it will be donating $40,000 in grants to aid the people of Ferguson, Missouri. The small city recently made headlines after Michael Brown, a young African-American man was shot and killed by a white police officer; the town erupted with rioting after Brown was killed.
Many Ferguson residents are at or below the national poverty line; the grant money from the Episcopal Church is designated to help those in the city who are suffering due to poverty.
The money is being donated by the Episcopal Church’s Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society ($30,000) and Episcopal Relief and Development ($10,000).
Bishop Stacy Sauls, Episcopal Church Chief Operating Officer said, “This joint effort helps restock food pantry shelves to feed the hungry today, but it also provides nutritional counseling and food preparation education for a more healthy future.”
The grants are being sent to three Episcopal churches in the Ferguson region. Reverend Michael G. Dunnington, the priest of All Saints’ of St. Louis said, "I think that this grant will go a long way to show the residents of Ferguson that the Episcopal Church cares about the immediate effects of the August troubles, and that we are interested in addressing longer-term needs in their community.”
Publication date: September 18, 2014