RWJF announces $50M pandemic relief package to support those most vulnerable to COVID-19

By Emily Bader
New Jersey | Apr 8, 2020 at 5:15 am

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced on Tuesday a $50 million nationwide pandemic relief package to help those under the greatest strain amid the COVID-19 health emergency.

The short-term relief package will provide $5 million to New Jersey-based businesses that have been hit particularly hard by the novel coronavirus.

The aim of the funding is to help communities that have already faced health challenges navigate the additional burden of the pandemic by providing food, housing and income assistance to lower-income workers, communities of color, indigenous communities and people with disabilities.

In New Jersey, the $5 million in funds will support:

Here are the organizations that will receive part of the $50 million:

“During this pandemic we are seeing how important it is that everyone has access to high quality health care,” Richard Besser, CEO and president, RWJF, said. “Millions do not.”

“Health is also about making sure people have the ability to feed, house, and take care of themselves and their families,” he continued. “While RWJF is providing this immediate aid during this moment of crisis — and encourages others to do the same — its primary focus and strategic work remains unchanged: seeking long-term policy and systemic solutions that address the grave health inequities in America.

“Unfortunately, in our society being able to live a healthy life can depend in large part on how much money you make, where you live, and the color of your skin. This crisis is making an already unfair system even worse, and that is completely unacceptable. It’s critical that we make real and lasting improvements through community action and public policy in the months and years to come. Otherwise, the world’s richest nation will have failed its people.”

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | @emilybader