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Release Date: 03.03.2017 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: FCS | Focused Community Strategies

Focused Community Strategies Receives $40,000 Grant from Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

When the Carver Neighborhood Market opened its doors in 2015, it created a food oasis in Historic South Atlanta, offering fresh food to a neighborhood without grocery stores. FCS | Focused Community Strategies, which runs the Market, aims to get healthy foods in the hands and homes of the families who live in Historic South Atlanta and surrounding neighborhoods. A new two-year, $40,000 grant from the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation puts FCS one step closer to this this goal.

The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation Freddie the Falcon and the Falcons cheerleaders presented Carver Neighborhood Market with the $40,000 grant check during a special spring celebration at the market Wednesday, March 1. The celebration was free and open to the public, and featured new fresh fruit smoothies, sandwich samples and a chef demonstration. 

“We are grateful for the support from the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation,” said Jeff Delp, director of economic development at FCS. “This generous grant will enable us to make healthy food more affordable, more physically accessible and more culturally acceptable.”

Carver Market is listening and responding to residents, helping them transform their neighborhood into a food oasis,” said Shara Mitchell, an Atlanta Falcons associate and part of the staff team that reviews and awards grants. Thanks to Carver Market, more residents are cooking and eating fresh fruits and vegetables.”

The grant will directly impact the affordability, accessibility and acceptability of healthy food options for the Historic South Atlanta neighborhood. The Carver Neighborhood Market will be able to increase the number of 2-for-1 days where customers who use SNAP cards can purchase two pieces of produce for the price of one, effectively doubling their purchasing power. The 2-for-1 days will now be offered three days a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, instead of one.

Among SNAP customers, the Market has seen a 317-percent growth in produce sales when comparing 2016 to 2015. Produce sales among non-SNAP customers have increased by 50 percent.

The Carver Market will now offer bike delivery to customers on the 2-for-1 days. This expands  their reach to neighbors who are just outside of walking distance from the Market, but could benefit from the 2-for-1 produce days.

Carver Market will offer cooking classes to neighbors who want to learn how to make the foods they already know and love using healthier ingredients. The classes will promote healthy eating habits and they will tie in the social element that is very much a part of food.

Market Hours:
Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
and Sunday noon-5 p.m.
Visit
Carver Neighborhood Market on Facebook for more information.

 

About FCS
Focused Community Strategies (FCS) has been about the business of transforming underserved neighborhoods in Atlanta for almost 40 years, starting with Grant Park, followed by Ormewood Park, Summerhill, East Lake, and now Historic South Atlanta.

FCS’ mission is to provide innovative and holistic development that empowers existing communities to root out and rise above the causes of chronic poverty. FCS’s unique approach is not program-focused; rather, it is neighbor-focused. FCS makes a deep commitment in neighborhoods by investing in neighbors as neighbors. Working and living in its target communities, FCS commits to staying until transformation is assured. FCS builds upon neighborhood strengths, supporting local leaders, fostering social and spiritual vitality, and working toward economic viability.

 

About the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation
Investing across Georgia, the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation 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. The foundation is made up of a committee of eight employees from various areas of the Atlanta Falcons.

 

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Contact Info

Contact Name: Krista Gill

Company: FCS - Focused Community Strategies

Phone: (404) 627-4304

E-mail: krista@fcsministries.org