A big thank you goes out to the Health Care Foundation (HCF) of Greater Kansas City as Healthy Communities grants were announced  recently. After the Harvest will receive a $200,000 grant which will cover salaries, benefits and produce procurement (packaging and handling of truckloads of donated produce). In other words, this grant helps keep the wheels rolling at After the Harvest!

HCF awarded $2.65 million in grants to 24 nonprofit organizations through their 2017 Healthy Communities funding. The grants will support environments and policies that promote opportunities for healthy eating, active living and tobacco use prevention.

“One of the best ways to improve health in our community is to support organizations working to make healthy habits become the norm,” said Bridget McCandless, M.D., President/CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. “We are proud to partner with these organizations that are engaging, mobilizing and supporting multi-sector collaborations in our community.”

HCF received a total of 50 proposals totaling nearly $7.6 million in requests.

The following grants were awarded during the June Board of Directors meeting:

After the Harvest
To support and expand the work of After the Harvest by increasing the amount and variety of fresh fruits and vegetables provided to food banks and agencies that feed hungry in Missouri and Kansas.

American Lung Association Of The Upper Midwest
To make local policy changes in regards to tobacco at the point of sale.

Argentine Neighborhood Development Association
To improve and sustain a positive health trajectory among Argentine residents through a Community Council, enhanced engagement, and expanding public-private partnerships to increase health education, family wellness and fitness-oriented activities.

Cornerstones of Care
To provide staff support and materials for the Cornerstones of Care Healthy Living and Food Systems Program, which engages, mentors, and provides community collaborative opportunities for adolescents to develop behavioral resiliency and healthy habits.

Cultivate KC
To help refugees and families develop independent farm businesses while increasing access to healthy food; and to provide education, networking, financial support and individualized technical assistance to farmers and consumers across Kansas City.

El Centro
To support the Promotoras de Salud program, especially as it pertains to teaching the community about the “Double Your Food Bucks” program, using local farmers markets, diabetes education, and how to eat healthier on a budget.

Episcopal Community Services
To increase efficiency in emergency food services through collaboration and community mobilization; and to increase access to healthy, nutritious foods for our community’s food-insecure population.

KC Healthy Kids
To advance policies through community engagement to increase access to healthy foods and safe environments for physical activity; and to educate and engage youth to promote healthy school and community environments.

Harvesters – The Community Food Network
To provide nutritious, fresh produce and educational classes that empower the underserved communities who need it most.

Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri
To build capacity among community leaders to increase access to food, health care, and other needed resources for their communities.

Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council
To address health and wellness inequities in tandem with residents, partner organizations, government officials, and the community.

Jewish Vocational Services
To continue the Global Gardens program for refugees and expand the clients served. JVS will begin transitioning seasoned growers out of the Global Gardens sites onto their own garden spaces, freeing up garden plots for new growers to join the project.

Kansas City Community Gardens
To provide gardening and nutrition education, garden construction assistance, low-cost gardening materials and supplies, and ongoing technical assistance for community and school gardens across the Kansas City Metropolitan area.

Kansas University Endowment Association
Dotte Agency will engage three Unified Government of Wyandotte County Healthy Community Corridor Groups (northeast, central and south) at centers in each area to build engagement plans, tool kits and elements that fulfill user-centered needs and policies to promote access to healthy food, walkability, and healthy, active lifestyles.

Legal Aid of Western Missouri
To support the Adopt-A-Neighborhood Project, which improves Kansas City’s urban core by pairing neighborhoods with local law firms that provide legal services to the neighborhood associations and residents to address community environmental and health issues.

Reconciliation Services
To provide staff support and necessary improvements to increase the capacity of the RS Community Café and Food Pantry to provide healthy, wholesome food and serve as a critically needed community hub.

Rosedale Development Association
To expand and continue Rosedale Healthy Kids, a community-based project to improve equitable access to healthy food and opportunities for active living for all who live, work and play in Rosedale, a neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas.

Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
To improve the health status of patients at Cabot Westside Medical & Dental Clinic by enrolling them in an expanded care coordination program addressing malnutrition/food insecurity, health literacy, physical inactivity, social isolation, and depression.

Thrive Allen County
To make bicycling and walking the easy choice to reduce financial burdens of transportation and improve health in Allen County.

Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS
To make policy and system changes in order to plan more bicycle infrastructure, sidewalks, and recreational trails; and to engage the community to prioritize these projects.

Upper Room
To support Upper Room’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative by providing fitness and nutrition programs at the Mary L. Kelly Center and building capacity among the Blue Hills and Town Fork Creek Neighborhood Associations to advocate for policy change.

The Urban Farming Guys
To engage members of the community through the promotion of healthy food access and a healthy economy.

Urban Neighborhood Initiative
To provide staff support and necessary project materials to engage UNI residents in health and wellness planning and project implementation for their respective neighborhood.

Young Women on the Move!
To engage girls to positively impact the health behaviors of youth and families in Wyandotte County by empowering them to examine issues in their community, such as access to healthy foods, increased opportunities for active lifestyles and tobacco use prevention.

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City provides leadership, advocacy and resources that eliminate barriers to quality health for the uninsured and underserved in Kansas City, Missouri, Cass, Jackson and Lafayette counties in Missouri and Allen, Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. Since it began grantmaking in 2005, HCF has awarded nearly $240 million to agencies addressing health needs in the community.