By Bria Brown

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — The Consumers Energy Foundation has announced more than $480,000 in grants to help Michigan nonprofits provide critical help to communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Since March, the Jackson-based foundation that is the charitable arm of Consumers Energy has provided $5.4 million in direct response to the pandemic.

Grants support those working on the front lines to directly meet basic needs such as food and shelter.

The Food Bank Council of Michigan received $200,000 in funding to address food insecurity, including mobile food distributions across the state.

Other recipients include the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan which received $100,000, while the Greater Lansing Food Bank’s Building Hope Campaign got $50,000.

Start Garden in Grand Rapids received $30,000.

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