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Release Date: 12.09.2015 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation Invests in Food Oasis Innovations

(December 9, 2015) The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) has awarded grants totaling $750,270 to four organizations leading innovative work to help more Atlanta children and families eat, cook and grow fresh fruits and vegetables.

The AFYF grants are part of Georgia Food Oasis-Atlanta and will support programs led by the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Carver Neighborhood Market and Urban Perform.

“Through the Food Oasis grants, our partners are helping families shop smarter, eat healthier and feel better,” said John Bare, vice president of AFYF, an affiliated fund of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. “Across Georgia, families are creating a vision for a food oasis in their communities.”

The new AFYF grants are part of the statewide Georgia Food Oasis campaign, led by Georgia Organics, through which residents of Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus and other communities are mobilizing to increase access to fresh, affordable food. In response to demand from communities to eat, cook and grow more fruits and vegetables, Food Oasis partner organizations are creating youth and community gardens, cooking lessons, new farmers markets and neighborhood markets, and a statewide farm-to-school program that is delivering more Georgia grown food to students.

The AFYF grants include awards to the following organizations:

 

Atlanta Community Food Bank
$600,000 over three years to lead Georgia Food Oasis-Atlanta, a collaborative effort of community members, non-profit organizations, businesses and funders to provide more opportunities for fresh and healthy food distribution in underserved neighborhoods in Atlanta.

Georgia Food Oasis-Atlanta, led by the Atlanta Community Food Bank, builds on a two-year pilot in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods. Georgia Food Oasis-Atlanta helps neighborhoods develop innovative and affordable ways to access, experience and learn about food. Through an Eat – Cook – Grow strategy, Georgia Food Oasis-Atlanta enhances opportunities for residents to come together to cook up their own food future.

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta
$125,000 for a Food Oasis garden program at the Warren Club near Grant Park, enabling youth to eat, cook and grow more fruits and vegetables.

In partnership with Convivial Gardens, the Warren Club will implement an Eat-Cook-Grow project that instills a life-long love of eating, cooking, and growing fresh fruits and vegetables at all of the Club locations. The Warren Club will provide youth the hands-on learning opportunities, including cooking and gardening clubs and management of edible landscapes. The program will teach gardening and cooking skills as a way to help youth participants embrace healthy lifestyle choices.

 

Carver Neighborhood Market
$12,000 for the Local Farm Days campaign at the Caver Neighborhood Market, including promotions that provide SNAP shoppers $2 worth of locally grown fruits and vegetables for every $1 in spending.

FCS Urban Ministries opened Carver Neighborhood Market in spring 2015, converting a thrift store into a nonprofit neighborhood grocery that provides food, cooking lessons and jobs for neighborhood residents. FCS also operates a bike shop next door, and youth working at the bike shop make grocery deliveries to neighborhood residents. Through the Farm Days campaign, the store will work with local farmers to host pop-up farmers markets each month.

 

Urban Perform
$13,270 to develop new smoothies and flavored water products, providing teens and adults with an alternative to sugary sodas and sports drinks.

Urban Perform is a nonprofit fitness center located in Vine City, serving youth and adults. Urban Perform is exploring a social business, Pop-Up Smoothies, that would provide healthy alternatives that appeal to kids. Young people and their families will participate in the development of the smoothies and flavored water products.

 

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.

 

Contact Info

Contact Name: John Bare

Company: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Phone: 404.367.2062

E-mail: JBare@Falcons.NFL.com