Funds support breakfast and lunch programs and fresh food for disadvantaged children in communities across Canada
Toronto, ON, September 17, 2014 – Newman’s Own Foundation, the organization started by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, today announced the five recipients of its 2014 Canadian grant funding initiative. The grants are part of the Foundation’s commitment to improving nutrition education and fresh food access for underserved communities. For the second year, a total of US$200,000 is being awarded to charities with programs that provide nutritious meals to disadvantaged children, year-round.
“There are many benefits to children who have nutritious food on a consistent basis,” says Lisa Walker, managing director, Newman’s Own Foundation. “This year’s grant recipients have developed creative and inspiring approaches to addressing the lack of nutritious food in vulnerable communities in Canada.”
Recipients of the 2014 Newman’s Own Foundation grants include:
- – Canadian Feed the Children: Under their Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Nutrition Program, Canadian Feed the Children supports students in the Eel Ground, Elsipogtog and Tobique First Nations communities in New Brunswick with healthy, nutritious, daily meals. Menus are developed in consultation with nutritionists and incorporate traditional foods.
- – Hunger in Moose Jaw: The Child Nutrition Program provides nutritious lunches every weekday to schools in Moose Jaw and serves children at city parks in the summer. It also provides nutritional assistance to other agencies serving children in the area.
- – Kids Eat Smart Foundation – Newfoundland and Labrador: Fruit & Veggies First! is a program that ensures school-aged children have access to fruits and vegetables through their local Kids Eat Smart Club.
- – Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton: As part of their Tastebuds program, the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton supplies children with produce from local farmers. Additionally the Tastebuds’ Food Literacy Program will provide 100 schools with food education.
- – Victoria Order of Nurses – Windsor and Essex County: The expansion of the Farm to School Program in southwestern Ontario will serve 20 additional schools, providing 7,000 students with fresh, local produce throughout the school year.
In May 2014, Newman’s Own Foundation launched a campaign, seeking charities that provide breakfast and lunch programs and fresh food access for children. Charities were invited to apply for a share of US$200,000 in available grants. Following a nationwide review process, five organizations were chosen for their strong and innovative programming.
For more than 30 years, profits from the sales of Newman’s Own food products have been turned into charitable donations. Newman’s Own Foundation focuses its giving primarily in four key areas – encouraging philanthropy, children with life-limiting conditions, empowerment, and nutrition. The US$200,000 commitment to child nutrition in Canada is part of more than $400 million the Foundation has donated worldwide to date.
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About Newman’s Own Foundation
Paul Newman was committed to helping make the world a better place. To carry on his philanthropic legacy, Newman’s Own Foundation turns all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations. To date, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have given over US$400 million to thousands of charities around the world. For more information, visit www.newmansownfoundation.org.