Anthem Foundation Grant Expands Fight against Childhood Hunger
Healthcare benefits solutions company partners with nonprofit to invest in long-term community health
ATLANTA (Nov. 30, 2016) – Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc., has partnered with Action Ministries by awarding the nonprofit a $77,000 hunger relief program expansion grant. The grant will be used to provide supplemental feeding in 38 Georgia counties through the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid and Feed the Hungry food box programs.
The project aligns with Anthem’s “Healthy Generations” funding mission by helping to establish consistent nutrition for Georgia children and families who are struggling with poverty and its associated challenges. Children growing up in food-insecure families are vulnerable to poor health and delayed development from the earliest stages of life. Such health problems may hinder a child’s ability to function normally and participate fully in school, increasing risk for hospitalizations, chronic health problems, oral health problems, stomachaches and colds, according to Children’s Health Watch. Hunger relief and nutrition education will combat these issues directly for up to 10,000 children who will receive nutritionally balanced meals over the course of the grant.
“This grant has been instrumental in expanding our services to children and families across Georgia who struggle with persistent food-insecurity,” said Shakura Conoly, associate vice president of hunger relief programs at Action Ministries. “Working with great partners like Anthem that truly care about the health and well-being of our kids makes a huge difference in what we’re able to accomplish in Georgia.”
The grant continues to fund program facility expenses, program supplies, food purchased and technology improvements, ultimately strengthening the implementation of hunger relief programs, not only in expanded service counties but across the organization. In addition to an increase in the daily delivery of nutritionally balanced lunches, the grant provides for the provision of enrichment activities, including the delivery of nearly 13,000 books and more than 7,000 hours of STEAM-specific activities to children in hunger-relief programs in 2016. The grant also provides for a “Smart Chef” curriculum to help families learn healthy, low-cost meal preparation skills and how to double SNAP benefits when purchasing fresh foods at farmers markets.
Action Ministries will serve 428,000 new meals in 2016. By 2017, the nonprofit expects to serve 350,000 meals to children and provide 1,250,000 food boxes to families. This expansion will occur alongside continued hunger relief programs at its Atlanta-based Women’s Community Kitchen, the community feeding facility in Athens, food pantries in Rome, Gainesville and Athens and SuperPack program for children in need of supplemental meals.
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