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Kaiser Permanente Approves $170 Million in Community Benefit Grants in 2009
Date:2/11/2010

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente, one of America's leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans, announced today it approved 500 grants and donations nationwide totaling $90 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. In total, Kaiser Permanente approved $170 million in grants and donations to support efforts to keep people healthy during these tough economic times.  

"We are committed to reducing health disparities, particularly in these tough times, by ensuring access to high-quality health care, healthy food and safe places to be active," said Raymond J. Baxter, Ph.D., senior vice president, Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy, Kaiser Permanente. "Our commitment to our communities is to help them meet the urgent health and human needs brought on by the recession, while we continue to work on solutions to the critical public health challenges we all face together."

Kaiser Permanente's contributions nationwide in the fourth quarter of 2009 included, but were not limited to, grants in the categories below:

Healthy Eating In Hard Times

Kaiser Permanente approved $150,000 to the Manna Food Center for the "Smart Snacks" and "Fresh Food for Families Farm Share" programs to provide "nutritious, kid-friendly" food to children in Montgomery County, Maryland.  The "Smart Snacks" program pairs a business or organization with a nearby elementary school to provide a bag of food to more than 800 elementary school children each week.  Through the "Fresh Food for Families Farm Share" program, Manna will purchase shares of farmland on which fruits and vegetables will be grown for 3,000 families every month.

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