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W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grants $32.5 Million to Improve Access to Fresh Food and Physical Activity for Children
Date:11/16/2009

Transforming school food high priority

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced today it will invest $32,450,000 over the span of three years in community-driven efforts and national projects that are working to increase access to healthy food and physical activity for vulnerable children and their families.

This investment -- called Food & Community -- brings the Kellogg Foundation's total support for healthy food and farming projects since the mid-1990s to more than $230 million.

"As a foundation, we can make the greatest impact on the health of the nation by focusing on the environments where vulnerable children and families live, learn, work and play," said Gail C. Christopher, vice president for programs at the foundation.

Food & Community encourages community leaders and organizations to work together to address four priorities:

  • Transforming school food systems
  • Improving community food environments
  • Promoting active living and routine physical activity
  • Sustaining and expanding the growing national movement for healthful food and active living

Food & Community also leverages the foundation's regional and national investments -- from connecting large school districts with regional food supply networks, to linking projects of various funders to share information and tools -- to inform policy and systems change.

Nine communities that were part of the Kellogg Foundation's Food & Fitness Initiative, which began in 2007, are receiving initial funding of almost $11 million over three years from Food & Community. The following communities have spent more than two years planning and piloting local approaches to create healthier communities: Boston; Detroit; Holyoke, Mass.; New York City; Northeast Iowa; Oakland; Philadelphia; Seattle/King County; and Tohono
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