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Philadelphia, May 17,2018 – Benefits Data Trust (BDT) is excited to announce that it has received a two-year, $60,000 grant from the Leo & Peggy Pierce Family Foundation to provide person-centered benefit enrollment assistance to eligible seniors in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. This is the fourth consecutive year that BDT has received funding from the Foundation, which seeks to end hunger and food insecurity in the Philadelphia five-county region.
“We are grateful to the Pierce Foundation for their unwavering support,” said Ginger Zielinskie, BDT’s President & CEO. “This renewal will aid in our efforts to help our most vulnerable neighbors access the benefits and services they are eligible for.”
Since 2005, BDT has completed more than 128,000 benefit enrollments for low-income individuals and families in the Philadelphia five-county region, securing more than $84 million in benefits last year alone to help pay for groceries, shelter, healthcare, and other essential services.
“The Foundation is thrilled to be able to support BDT’s strategic and highly effective work,” said Daphne Rowe, Executive Director of the Leo & Peggy Pierce Family Foundation. “We were lucky to find a partner who delivers consistently and helps so many people in our region.”
This continued funding will allow BDT to connect additional seniors to the benefits they need to help them achieve better health and age in place with dignity.
Benefits Data Trust (BDT) is a national nonprofit that helps people live healthier, more independent lives by creating smarter ways to access essential benefits and services. Each year, BDT helps tens of thousands of people receive critical supports using data, technology, targeted outreach, and policy change. Since inception in 2005, BDT has submitted over 800,000 applications – more than any other single entity in the country – securing over $7 billion in benefits and services. BDT employs more than 170 people and provides enrollment assistance to individuals in six states, and policy assistance to states nationwide. For more information, visit bdtrust.org.