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Release Date: 06.10.2014 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation Awards More Than $460,000 to Seven Food Oasis Programs

Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market to Distribute Vegetables to 4,800 Fulton Residents

The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) has provided more than $460,000 to seven Atlanta organizations leading the Food Oasis campaign, a collection of innovative programs expanding opportunities for families to eat, cook and grow fresh fruits and vegetables.

“Through the Food Oasis campaign, Georgia families are cooking up their own food future,” said John Bare, vice president of the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation. “Our community partners are responding by giving residents greater access to farmers markets, expanding gardens and hosting cooking classes.”

During the summer months, seven community partners will deliver a variety of food assistance throughout metro Atlanta, with an emphasis on the Historic Westside Neighborhoods. Recipients include:

  • Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market: $30,000 - distributing more than 19,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to more than 4,800 Fulton County residents at 24 different locations every Tuesday - Thursday between June 11 and August 27, 2014. For a list of locations, please click here.

  • Captain Planet Foundation: $40,000 – providing summer management at 52 Metro Atlanta School Learning Gardens, with 1,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables distributed to low-income families through the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

  • Wholesome Wave Foundation: $10,050 - allowing SNAP customers to double the value of their fresh produce purchases at West End Farmers and Artisans Market, Sweet Auburn Growers Market and Truly Living Well.

  • Quality Care for Children: $17,500 – serving more than 41,000 healthy meals to more than 1,200 Metro Atlanta youth through the USDA’s 10-week Summer Food Service Program.

  • Atlanta Community Food Bank: $273,000 over two years -  leading the Westside Food Oasis initiative, an effort involving more than 10 organizations working to help residents of English Avenue and Vine City acquire the skills and opportunities to access, choose, grow, prepare, sell and advocate for healthy, affordable food.

  • Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture: $80,000 – offering Georgia Food Oasis services to the Westside of Atlanta, including nutrition workshops, delivering affordable produce to families in the neighborhood, and working with Coxe-Curry to strengthen board development and fund-raising.

  • Good Samaritan Health Center: $12,140 - creating “Heritage for Health,” an online and printed recipe collection based on traditional family recipes collected from residents of Atlanta’s Historic Westside Neighborhoods.

Additional Georgia Food Oasis partners include Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE), Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Boxcar Grocer, City of Refuge, Georgia Organics and Healing Community Center.

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 $20 million in grants to nonprofit organizations across the state of Georgia. Learn more at www.AFYF.org.

About the Georgia Food Oasis: The Georgia Food Oasis program helps communities develop innovative and affordable ways for residents to discover, taste and learn about food. By working together, neighbors, nonprofits and community leaders can help community members shop smarter, eat healthier and feel better. Through an Eat – Cook – Grow strategy, Food Oasis communities will enhance opportunities for residents to come together to cook up their own food future. For more information, visit www.georgiafoodoasis.org.

Contact Info

Contact Name: Alison Sawyer

Company: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Phone: (404) 367-2063

E-mail: asawyer@ambfo.com