"GREENSBORO, NC (June 3, 2014) – The City of Greensboro’s Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), has received a $25,000 grant to support its out-of-school time healthy food access and nutritional literacy programs. The gift is part of a $2.3 million grant NRPA received from the Walmart Foundation to support out-of-school time programs in 50 park and recreation agencies. The purpose of the grant is to:
· Increase the number of healthy meals children in low-income communities receive through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) during out-of-school times.
· Provide age-appropriate nutrition literacy to children that emphasizes the importance of healthy eating and leads to behavioral changes.
· Implement nutrition and physical activity standards that increase access to healthier foods and increase opportunities for physical activity.
The Parks and Recreation Department will also receive additional support for meals from USDA afterschool and summer feeding programs and nutrition literacy materials to help ensure life-long healthy habits for the City’s youth.
According to the USDA’s 2010 Hunger report, 16.2 million American children live in food-insecure households. The same report finds that 19.5 million low-income children receive free or reduced meals during the school year, but fewer than 3 million of these children participate in the Summer Food Service Program."
A Press Release