Grapevine City Council approved a resolution to contribute up to $35,000 to nonprofit Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange, or GRACE, during its Feb. 6 meeting.

GRACE updated council members about its 2023 accomplishments, and its CEO Rebecca Cox said over 10,000 individuals were served by the nonprofit last year.

The overview

Cox said the nonprofit’s food pantry provided $940,000 worth of food to 11,129 visitors in 2023. The nonprofit also provided housing stability assistance to 361 families, while 679 families received utility aid from the nonprofit, she added.

The nonprofit also held its annual holiday event in 2023, the Christmas Cottage, which assisted nearly 3,400 people, Cox said.

In addition to its aid, she said that community partners, such as council, help support the nonprofit’s community assistance programs.

“We really appreciate the support of GRACE and what we’re able to do with the city of Grapevine,” Cox said.

What else?

The biggest challenge for the nonprofit is the continued number of individuals seeking aid from the nonprofit, Cox said. Between 2022 and 2023, there was a 40% year-over-year increase in need.

“Meeting that growing need and continuing the individualized service toward self-sufficiency for every family that comes through that door while seeing the number of families increase tenfold, twentyfold or fortyfold is going to be our biggest challenge in 2024,” Cox said.