YMCA receives $1,000 grant from Monogram foods for healthy snack program
The Stevens Point Area YMCA’s Farm to School program recently received a $1,000 grant from the Monogram Loves Kids Foundation. The funding will support and broaden the scope of the YMCA’s Farm to School Healthy Snack program.
The Farm to School Healthy Snack program, lead by AmeriCorps volunteers, seeks to decrease childhood obesity by teaching healthy eating habits to children, and increasing students access to healthy foods.
Three school districts within Portage County are involved with the program, a partnership between the YMCA, the AmeriCorps program, Central Rivers Farmshed, local farms, area businesses and the area high school FHA programs.
Working with local farmers, the YMCA currently provides healthy snacks to more than 165 students each week, and more than eight classrooms receive a minimum of five nutrition related lessons throughout the year.
The Stevens Point Area YMCA officials said they are grateful to the Monogram Foods, a Plover-based company, and its foundation for its confidence and financial assistance. With this additional support, the Farm to School Healthy Snack Program can expand its reach and impact.
The YMCA’s Farm to School is an AmeriCorps program and is also sponsored in part by the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin with emphasis on:
* Strengthening local economies by expanding markets for Wisconsin agricultural producers and food entrepreneurs.
* Promoting children’s health by providing fresh and minimally processed foods in schools, and supporting the development of healthy eating habits.
* Increasing children’s and the community’s knowledge of agriculture, food, nutrition and the environment.