GARDEN CITY, Idaho, November 11, 2011 – Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County is one of 14 winners nationwide of a 2011 ConAgra Foods Foundation Nourish Our Community Award.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County has been awarded a $20,000 grant to support its after-school nutrition and fitness programs. The organization was nominated for the award by the local ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston office. ConAgra Foods Foundation Nourish Our Community Awards are given annually to nonprofit organizations that provide exceptional service to communities in which ConAgra Foods has operations. This year’s awards totaled $223,500.
The grant enables Boys and Girls Clubs to continue its innovative after-school nutrition and fitness programs. Created to encourage healthy food and lifestyle choices, the programs provide snacks and meals, exercise, and nutrition education to school age children six to 18. Snacks and meals feature fruits, vegetables, whole grains and freshly sliced meats; field trips to grocery stores help children learn how to shop for nutritious foods; and sports and fitness activities keep kids moving.
“This is a critical grant for us; allowing us to continue our work to do great things for food insecure children in the area,” said Colleen Braga, executive director, Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County. “Thanks to the grant, we can continue to provide nutritious, high quality food for kids, and activities designed to promote active lifestyles. At the same time, we’re helping to instill healthy habits that will stay with them for a lifetime.”
“Boys and Girls Clubs offers much needed support in our communities, and we are proud that our grant will help them continue their work,” said Joe Kunde, ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston. “One of the major goals of our ConAgra Foods Foundation is to ensure children have access to the food and resources they need to succeed in school and life. We are very pleased this grant will help Boys and Girls Clubs to meet those needs here in our community.”
About ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston
Lamb Weston makes quality frozen potato, sweet potato and other vegetable products for restaurants, retailers and other foodservice operations throughout the world. Lamb Weston is a brand of ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG), one of North America’s leading food companies, with brands in 97 percent of America’s households. For more information, please visit us at www.lambweston.com
The ConAgra Foods Foundation, through its Nourish Today, Flourish Tomorrow platform, is dedicated to raising awareness of the more than 16 million children in America who are at risk of hunger and don''t have enough food to live active, healthful lives. It aggressively pursues sustainable solutions in the fight against child hunger. And the Foundation is committed to building a community of people who are passionate about ensuring that all kids have access to the food and facts they need to eat nutritiously while living balanced lifestyles and succeeding in school and life. ConAgra Foods Foundation invests in national and local partnerships with high-impact, not-for-profit organizations, such as Feeding America, that take an innovative approach to addressing needs in the core areas of hunger and nutrition education. For more information, please visit www.conagrafoodsfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/ConAgraFoodsFoundation.
The ConAgra Foods Foundation is funded solely by ConAgra Foods.