Atlanta United and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and head coach Frank de Boer share a hug as they celebrate defeating Minnesota United 2-1 to win the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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Blank Foundation pledges $5.4 million in coronavirus aid

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation announced $5.4 million in funding for immediate and long-term recovery assistance to organizations providing support in Georgia and Montana to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the organization announced Friday.

“As a Family Foundation we have always believed that it is the power of many that will make the greatest impact on the most pressing issues in our society,” Blank, the owner of the NFL’s Falcons and MLS’s Atlanta United, said in a statement. “This is that moment - to join together to truly harness the power of all of us to address a challenge that knows no boundaries and has no precedent in our lifetimes.”

The foundation said it will makes commitments in Atlanta:

* Of $5 million to the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund established by United Way of Greater Atlanta and Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

* Of a $100,000 grant to Hands On Atlanta
* Of $100,000 to the Atlanta Police Foundation

* In addition, Mercedes-Benz Stadium donated 3.5 tons of surplus of food ($100,000 value), providing more than 2,310 meals to six nonprofit groups in Atlanta - Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO), Atlanta Mission, Atlanta City Baptist Rescue Mission, Gateway Center, Hope House, and Salvation Army: Red Shield Services.

The foundation also announced donations in Montana to Hopa Mountain, HRDC, the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, the Healthy Gallatin Campaign and The Livingston Food Resource Center of varying amounts.

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