Community Foundation raises $1 million to help Chattanooga groups on the frontlines of coronavirus impact

Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 11/17/16. The Community Kitchen off of E. 11th St. in downtown Chattanooga on November, 17, 2016.

The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga has raised more than $1 million to help groups working to lessen the impacts of COVID-19 on local communities. The Community Response and Relief Fund is being used to help people disproportionately hurt by the coronavirus' health or economic impacts.

Maeghan Jones, president of the Community Foundation, said her organization has been inspired by the response of frontline workers.

"They are demonstrating a powerful example that show how we - even as we're living our lives further apart - can come together to lift each other up and support our most vulnerable neighbors," reads a statement from Jones.

The Community Foundation has distributed $560,000 to 14 local organizations so far and will continue making grants to the community.

Jens Christensen, Chattanooga Community Kitchen chief executive officer, said the money has been critical to keeping people experiencing homelessness safe from the coronavirus.