Release Date: 07.02.2015 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation
Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation Awards Four Grants to Improve Youth Fitness
The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) has awarded grants totaling $122,072 to four organizations working to increase access to affordable, healthy food for Georgia families.
The grants help expand AFYF’s support for the Georgia Food Oasis campaign, through which more than a dozen nonprofit organizations are finding creative ways to help more families eat, cook and grow fresh fruits and vegetables.
Over the past two years, Georgia Food Oasis has grown beyond a pilot project spearheaded by the Atlanta Community Food Bank in Atlanta's Westside neighborhoods into a statewide campaign led by Georgia Organics. As Georgia Organics organizes Food Oasis efforts in communities across the state, the Food Bank will continue to lead Food Oasis activities on the Westside and throughout the city of Atlanta. Learn more about the Georgia Food Oasis campaign at www.GeorgiaFoodOasis.org
“Our Food Oasis partners are using food to build strong communities,” said John Bare, vice president of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, of which AFYF is an affiliated fund. “Responding to community demand, our partners are offering families more local, affordable options for fresh fruits and vegetables, along with cooking classes and gardening lessons.”
$64,672 for Operation CHEW-UP, which delivers nutrition education, cooking lessons, gardening and physical activity programs to at least 2,000 middle school youth at 15 after-school and summer sites.
$37,400 over two years for a Food Justice Outreach and Programs Coordinator staff position.
$15,000 for a Westside Food Oasis 2-for-1 campaign at three produce markets, offering SNAP customers $2 worth of fresh fruits and vegetables for every $1 in spending.
$5,000 for Cooking with C.H.O.I.C.E.S, a seven-week program teaching Atlanta families about healthier meal preparation, nutrition education, food consumption and food access.
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. For more information on the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, go to www.AFYF.org or follow us on Twitter at @BlankFoundation.
Contact Name: John Bare
Company: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation