PROVIDENCE, R.I. \u2014 Tufts Health Plan Foundation has identified the first 21 organizations to receive support from the $1 million it has committed to community efforts on behalf of older people affected by the coronavirus in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut.\n\n\u201cThis first wave of funding addresses one of the most pressing concerns facing older people\u2014food insecurity,\u201d said Tom Croswell, president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan. \u201cThese organizations are working on the front lines to meet critical needs and are well-positioned to respond to emerging priorities. Our communities depend on them, now more than ever.\u201d\n\nThe organizations include area agencies on aging that provide meals and other support services to older people, food banks, and community organizations that are serving as hubs for collaborative regional responses. They include:\n\nRhode Island ($125,000)\nMeals on Wheels of Rhode Island ($25,000)\nRhode Island Community Food Bank ($50,000)\nUnited Way of Rhode Island, Rhode Island COVID-19 Response Fund ($50,000)\n\nBeyond the additional funding for community organizations, employee donations to nonprofit organizations affected by COVID-19 will be matched two-for-one by Tufts Health Plan Foundation.\n\nAbout Tufts Health Plan Foundation\nEstablished in 2008, Tufts Health Plan Foundation supports the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve. The Foundation has given more than $38 million to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island nonprofits that promote healthy living with an emphasis on older people and will give more than $5 million to community organizations this year. The Foundation began funding in New Hampshire in 2016 and in Connecticut in 2019. Tufts Health Plan Foundation funds programs that move communities toward implementing age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on older people, and include them in community solutions. Visit www.tuftshealthplanfoundation.org for grant program information and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.