Fauci warns of 'suffering and death' if US reopens too soon

People receive free meals at a downtown restaurant Monday, May 11, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. The restaurant changed its name from The Rieger to Crossroads Community Kitchen and began offering free meals to the homeless and other food-insecure people the day after Kansas City issued stay-at-home orders in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 nearly eight weeks ago. The effort, funded by donations, has gone from feeding about 150 people a day in March to almost 500 people daily and has served about 30,000 meals in the past two months.

The state has announced the recipients of a third round of grants from the coronavirus relief fund, which to date totals $11.1 million disbursed to organizations providing a range of food, shelter and financial supports.

“We know this is a difficult time for many Coloradans and these organizations are on the ground, working in their communities to provide support,” said Gov. Jared Polis.

The money came through helpcoloradonow.org, the fundraising project for organizations addressing the impact of and response to COVID-19. As of Monday, the fund had taken in $17.8 million.

The list of grant recipients from the latest awards includes Aurora Public Schools, the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network and Denver Rescue Mission — among many other faith-, community- and government-based organizations.

A fourth round of awards is forthcoming, as the deadline to apply was May 16. The next deadline will be on May 30.

A committee advising the fund has cataloged the most pressing community needs, and among those are assistance for housing payments and food. Together, those requests comprise 40% of calls to 2-1-1, the state’s resource hotline. Other stated needs include emotional support for students, payment for day-to-day household items, and more volunteers for nonprofit services.

There have been more than 100 corporate, individual and foundation donors to the relief fund. Contributions in excess of $1 million have come from the Colorado Health Foundation, The Colorado Trust and Pinnacol Assurance.

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