Quantum Foundation Invests $1.1 Million in County’s Health
Private Palm Beach County Grantmaking Organization Improves Access to Health-Related Resources
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida: The board of trustees of Quantum Foundation, under the chairmanship of Ethel Isaacs Williams, recently approved 12 new grants totaling more than $1.1 million to Palm Beach County-based nonprofits.
Quantum Foundation’s mission is to fund initiatives that improve the health of Palm Beach County residents. In 1998, Quantum Foundation marked its rookie year as one of Palm Beach County’s newest and largest philanthropic organizations with an impressive $7.6 million granted to more than 40 Palm Beach County projects. Just over 20 years later, with assets of approximately $150 million, the organization’s focus remains on keeping Palm Beach County healthy. Their awards to date total more than $140 million and have impacted hundreds of local nonprofit organizations. Every dollar the foundation grants continues to stay in the county to benefit local communities.
“The most recent cycle of grants focuses on better engagement in health, greater access to resources for health, and stronger connections for healthy communities,” said Eric Kelly, president of Quantum Foundation. “At Quantum, we take an upstream approach to whole-health initiatives, and our funding reflects organizations with the same mission.”
One of the 12 grants allocated for the second quarter of 2019 was awarded to Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches with $75,000 to support their Meals for Veterans program. Many of their clients are lower-income, isolated military veterans, ages 75-95, who are homebound. These clients have been paying for meals on a sliding scale, but this grant ensures they get nutritious meals delivered to them five times a week for free. With this program, Meals on Wheels plans to provide 7,800 free meals to current clients for a year.
“These meals are about more than the food,” said Pam Calzadilla, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches. “We base our program on four pillars: Compassion, Nutrition, Quality of Life, and Independence. Quantum Foundation has been such a wonderful partner since we were established, and they truly care about our organization. We are a lifeline to our clients, and Quantum is helping us make an impact on our local seniors.”
Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches provides fresh, hot meals to those ages 65 and older who are homebound and living alone from Lantana to Tequesta and Royal Palm Beach. More Than 60 percent of its clients are over age 80, and 25 percent of the total client base are veterans.
“Food is the great connector,” said Captain Douglas Randolph, Marine veteran and program recipient. “The essence of the program is to help people, and that’s a great thing. I have my retirement fund I live on and use to pay bills, but I really rely on these meals by the end of the month, and it’s nice to have the meals every day.”