Kellogg grant will support a new position under the 'First Food, Good Food' project
The Ecology Center has received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support a project called “First Food, Good Food,” focused on maternal and infant health while working to improve the supply of healthier, local foods for Detroit’s children and families.
“We plan to expand our successful education and engagement of the health care community aimed at establishing sustainable, local food systems to improve health, by deepening our work with maternal and infant health providers in Detroit,” according to Hillary Bisnett, director of the Ecology Center's Healthy Food in Health Care program.
The Ecology Center's Healthy Food in Health Care program has been a leader in advocating for sustainable and local food in Michigan’s health care sector since it was launched five years ago.
Kathryn Savoie, the Ecology Center’s Detroit community health director has been working with community partners on a promising approach to connect community-based clinics with local, fresh foods through a food prescription program.
“With the overall goal of increasing access to healthy, sustainable and affordable foods for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers and their children at critical moments of development, the Kellogg Foundation grant will allow us to develop a training program to help health professionals engage in food and health advocacy efforts,” Savoie said.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, established in 1930, supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and southern Africa.
EcoLink — May 2013 Ecolink An online publication of the Ecology Center