Brainfood Awarded $25,000 Grant from General Mills Foundation through DC Mayor Fenty’s New Health Communities Program
Brainfood, a local non-profit youth development organization, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the General Mills Foundation as part of the newly launched Healthy Communities Program launched today in conjunction with District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty.
The District, the General Mills Foundation and the Mayor’s Commission on Food and Nutrition will pilot the first program of its kind to focus on helping children eat healthy and stay physically fit.
Four organizations were honored with $25,000 grants at a press conference this morning at Eastern Senior High School hosted by Mayor Fenty. Beyond Mayor Fenty, other officials present at the press conference included the Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on Food and Nutrition Robert Egger; DC State Superintendent of Education Deborah Gist; and General Mills Foundation Community Action Program Manager Adrienne Jordan.
“I’d like to thank Mayor Fenty, the Commission on Food and Nutrition and General Mills for bringing focus to these issues in the District of Columbia,” said Paul Dahm, Executive Director of Brainfood. “Brainfood’s programs address not only access to nutritious food, but also the use of food and cooking as the means to teach many other critical life skills that will significantly improve long-term outcomes for the youth of the District.”
Brainfood intends to use the $25,000 grant to support the Brainfood Summer Institute, where twenty-five DC high school students will learn to purchase and prepare nutritious meals on a budget, experience urban gardening and farmer’s markets, and learn to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.
Brainfood is a non-profit youth development organization with locations in the Columbia Heights and Chinatown neighborhoods of Washington, DC. Using food as a tool, Brainfood builds life skills and promotes healthy living in a fun and safe environment. Local high school students participate in the programs either twice a week after school or every day for five weeks during the summer. Activities include hands-on cooking classes, lectures, field trips and community service projects. Using Brainfood’s philosophy of high expectations, graduates are equipped with practical cooking skills, an introduction to the food industry, a framework for nutritious eating, and creativity, teamwork and leadership experience that prepares them to make a difference in their community. For more information, visit: www.brain-food.org.