Parkview Health is using a $25,000 grant to help decrease food insecurity among 100 Fort Wayne families with young children.
The grant comes from No Kid Hungry, a campaign from the national nonprofit Share Our Strength. The organization is awarding $3 million in grants focused on helping young children to assist the 40% of parents who reported job or income loss related to the pandemic last year, and more than one in five parents who reported food insecurity in their household.
Parkview’s grant is being used to provide monthly boxes of produce and shelf-stable food to immigrant or minority families with children under age 5, as well as pregnant women. Each box will include three meal kits with recipes, as well as feeding and food storage tips. Families will also be connected to local food banks or food assistance programs as needed.
Michelle A. Bojrab-Wray, MS, RDN, LD, FAND, lead community outreach dietician, Parkview Health, tells us more about the program, including how Parkview is working to gain referrals through community partners such as the Early Childhood Alliance.