National Association of Theatre Owners California Nevada (NATO California Nevada) announced today that it has awarded $427,500.00 in grant funds to support a variety of arts and social service organizations, including 20 Feeding America food banks, across communities in California and Nevada.  The Association’s charitable fund is committed to building healthier and stronger communities by providing guidance, member engagement, financial grants and resources to arts and social service organizations that enrich the lives of people living in California and Nevada. With this commitment in mind, the Association’s Community Outreach Committee invites NATO California Nevada members to nominate nonprofit organizations for funding consideration on an annual basis. “Theater owners in California and Nevada are grateful that movie-goers are returning. Our theaters are still climbing out of a difficult situation created by the Covid pandemic, but recognize many community organizations are still in a difficult place,” said Todd Vradenburg, president and chief executive officer, NATO California Nevada. “In order to preserve the magical cinematic experience now and for future generations, it matters that we support the people who live and work in our communities,” Vradenburg added. 2022 Community Grant Recipients: Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) Fulfillment Fund Los Angeles and Las Vegas Jacob’s Heart Side by Side Union Rescue Mission Los Angeles University of San Francisco Nursing School Variety Boys and Girls Club East Los Angeles Vidiots Foundation Feeding America Food Banks:  Alameda County Community Food Bank California Central Food Bank Feeding America Riverside San Bernardino Feeding San Diego FIND Food Bank Indio Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano Food Bank Monterey County Food Bank of Northern Nevada Food Bank Santa Barbara County Food Share Ventura County Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Placer Food Bank Roseville Reaching Out Santa Clara County Redwood Empire Food Bank Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County Second Harvest of the Greater Valley Second Harvest of Silicon Valley SF-Marin Food Bank Three Square Las Vegas This year’s grants range from $5,000 to $100,000. The COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the critical role that NATO California Nevada serves within the theatrical exhibition industry. The Association administered more than $1.25 Million in emergency relief funds to support employees of member movie theatres in California and Nevada who had been laid off during the pandemic and now takes great pleasure in supporting the communities where theaters are located.   Contact: Katie Kornfield [email protected] Source: National Association of Theatre Owners California/Nevada