Art Pope, the state budget director who is also a wealthy Raleigh businessman, announced Wednesday that his family’s foundation had contributed $185,000 to charities to mitigate the effects of the federal government shut down.
The John William Pope Foundation contributed the money, mainly to 13 food bank-type groups.
“The Pope Foundation is always honored to help these vital humanitarian nonprofits with financial support, support that is leveraged by their great volunteers and staff,” said Pope, who is president and chairman of the Pope Foundation.
The McCrory administration has come under some fire because North Carolina was among the first states in the country to stop funding programs to the poor when federal funding began to dry up because of the shutdown. As budget director, Pope had sent out a memo to agency heads saying that state funds should not be used to make up for any loss of federal funding. But he had also interceded to find a way to help restart funding for WIC, a program designed to help pregnant mothers and their children.
The Pope Foundation gave $25,000 to the Alliance Medical Ministry, $5,000 to Area Christians Together for Service, $20,000 to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, $15,000 to the Food Bank of the Albemarle, $20,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, $10,000 to the Interfaith Food Shuttle, $10,000 to Lifeline Outreach, $15,000 to the Raleigh Rescue Mission, $10,000 to the Salvation Army of Wake County, $15,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest N.C., $10,000 to the Shepherd’s Table, $10,000 to Urban Ministries of Wake County, and $20,000 to United Way of Vance County.