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Release Date: 11.29.2012 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Falcons Youth Foundation Awards $421,000 in Grants to Improve Access to Healthy Food

The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) announced today it has awarded $421,000 to three nonprofit organizations using innovative approaches to increase access to affordable, healthy food for Georgia families.

“The Good Samaritan Health Center and HEALing Community Center are using creative medical practices to connect more families to Georgia-grown fruits and vegetables,” said John Bare, vice president of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, of which AFYF is an affiliated fund. "Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs is delivering technical and financial assistance to small businesses focusing on healthy food."

A two-year, $100,000 grant to Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) will generate at least $750,000 in lending to small businesses seeking to create or expand healthy food access.

ACE is a Community Development Financial Institution that is leading Georgia’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative, a public-private partnership that provides loans, grants and technical assistance to supermarket owners, corner store operators and other entrepreneurs providing customers with more access to affordable, healthy foods. With the AFYF grant, ACE will be focusing on small businesses serving 30313, 30314, 30318 ZIP codes in Atlanta and small businesses in Hall County.

In addition, AFYF is investing in two creative projects led by local medical providers.

With a three-year, $96,000 grant, The Good Samaritan Health Center will launch new healthy cooking and nutrition education programs in its own teaching kitchen. The program will serve patients of the clinic, located in the English Avenue neighborhood, and the surrounding community.

AFYF has awarded a three-year, $225,000 grant to HEALing Community Center to launch a Nutrition Prescription Program, providing families from the 30314, 30318 and 30311 ZIP codes with nutrition education, cooking classes, access to healthy foods and “Food is Medicine” prescriptions. HEALing Community is partnering with area grocers to improve the supply and presentation of fresh fruits and vegetables and to teach patients how to prepare healthier dishes.

About Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs:
Established in 1997, ACE provides loan capital and development services to small businesses in a 68-county area of North Georgia, including all of metro Atlanta. In 2004, the U.S. Department of Treasury certified ACE as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). As a CDFI, ACE creates jobs and businesses for underserved target markets, such as low- and moderate-income, minority or women business owners, or for businesses unable to qualify for traditional sources of credit. ACE has made more than $10 million in loans creating or saving more than 2,500 jobs. For more information, contact Karen Davis at davis@aceloans.org.

About Good Samaritan Health Center:
The Good Samaritan Health Center opened in downtown Atlanta in January 1999 as a healthcare home for the uninsured working poor, the homeless, and others who lack access to services and cannot afford care. Each year, The Center provides 25,000 patient visits for comprehensive primary medical, dental, mental health counseling, pharmacy, and health education services for uninsured, low-income individuals and families. Since 2008, The Good Samaritan Health Center has been located on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway in a new, expanded facility, adjacent to the Vine City and English Avenue neighborhoods. For more information, contact Karen Rose at karen@goodsamatlanta.org.

About the HEALing Community Center:
Dr. Charles Moore founded Heal, Inc. in 2004 to provide health education and medical services to at-risk or underserved populations in Atlanta. In 2008 HEAL, Inc. started the HEALing Community Center, which provides free primary and specialty medical care for uninsured patients living in poverty. In 2011, the clinic located to its current location, in the heart of a medically underserved, high-density neighborhood in Atlanta at 2600 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. The state-of-the-art facility serves more than 500 patients each month. For more information, contact Dr. Moore at healourcommunities@gmail.com.

About the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation:
Investing across Georgia, the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation helps nonprofit organizations reduce childhood obesity and improve youth fitness. The foundation was established in 1985 to serve as the philanthropic arm of the Atlanta Falcons. Since Arthur Blank acquired the Atlanta Falcons in 2002, the foundation has grown to be the largest owner-funded foundation in the National Football League, providing more than $18 million in grants to nonprofit organizations across the state of Georgia.

Contact Info

Contact Name: John Bare

Company: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Phone: 404-367-2062

E-mail: JBare@Falcons.NFL.com