The Food Trust Named Finance Fund Visionary Partner
The Award recognizes extraordinary service to underserved low-income populations in Ohio through innovation and initiative, as well as commitment and perseverance.
“Our ultimate goal is to provide access to healthy, affordable food in underserved areas – many currently do not have access to a grocery store, farm market or other distribution,” said Finance Fund CEO James R. Klein. “We are grateful to The Food Trust for their work to identify the areas of greatest need throughout the state of Ohio and partnering with Finance Fund to increase awareness around the importance of the healthy food access issue.”
Food Trust Associate Director Caroline Harries accepted the award at Finance Fund’s annual Gala in Columbus before an audience of elected leaders, development and funding partners and clients.
Since 1987, Finance Fund and its affiliates have invested more than $306.9 million in housing, economic development, and community facility projects leveraging over $1.4 billion. This investment was accomplished through 3,023 awards to community-based organizations throughout the state. Finance Fund provides debt and equity to clients through the management of 28 entities totaling $250 million. Partnerships have enabled low-income people access to 15,894 units of affordable housing, 23,855 direct jobs, and 3,036 early care and education spaces (classrooms) for 71,397 children.