The in Troy, Michigan, has announced grants totaling nearly $2 million to organizations working to develop food-oriented initiatives in cities across the country.
Through the (FreshLo) initiative, a collaboration between the foundation's and programs, planning grants of $75,000 were awarded to twenty-six organizations and coalitions to design neighborhood-scale projects that embody a creative, cross-sector vision of food-oriented development. The grants will support project management, partnership development, community engagement, strategic communications, policy development, and other activities directly related to successful outcomes.
After the planning phase, Kresge intends to offer implementation grants for qualifying projects and conduct a comprehensive suite of learning and evaluation assessments to help measure the impact of the initiative and share its findings with other organizations and community development professionals.
More than five hundred organizations applied for FreshLo funding — the most for a funding opportunity in the foundation's history. Grant recipients include the in Saint Paul; the in Georgia; the in Memphis; the in Kentucky; and the in Chicago.
"Food and cultural expression are inextricably tied together, and have been throughout history," said Stacey Barbas, senior program officer in the foundation's health program. "FreshLo seeks to use that relationship to help local organizations build creative and invigorating pathways to better health and opportunity in urban low-income neighborhoods."