Earth Fare has launched The Friends of Earth Fare Foundation. This nonprofit, charitable organization will provide children across the Southeast and Midwest with access to healthy food choices and activity through partnerships with local nonprofits, schools and community initiatives. The goal of the new foundation is to inspire and build a community of healthy and active children by funding programs that focus on providing all-natural, healthy food options or that reinforce an active lifestyle, a news release says. Over the past six months, the Friends of Earth Fare Foundation is responsible for more than $50,000 in grants to organizations including:
• Aspire, Youth and Family Inc. in Clyde, N.C., to support its Kids at Work! after-school cooking program that teaches healthy eating habits and kitchen skills.;
• The Rotary Foundation of Johnson City, Tenn., to help support the construction of its Boundless public playground project;
• So Dance Scholarship Fund in Asheville, N.C., to offer more than 20 local at-risk children the chance to follow their passion to learn classical dance; and
• Murray Lassaine Elementary School in James Island, S.C., to support its Seedlings—Farm to Table for Kids program and school garden that teaches students the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Earth Fare’s commitment to fighting childhood obesity began four years ago with the launch of its signature Family Dinner Night, where up to six children eat free with the purchase of an adult meal of $5 or more at any of its 29 locations. Over the past four years, Earth Fare has fed more than 500,000 kids a healthy all-natural meal for free. Organizations that are committed to providing education or access to healthy food options to children can apply for a grant (up to $5,000) to support their local initiative. Criteria for applying and applications are available here.
On April 13, to celebrate the launch of the Friends of Earth Fare Foundation, the Asheville-based supermarket will host the Friends of Earth Fare 5K and Fun Run at Riverlink’s Sculpture Park in Asheville. The race is open to all ages. Early registration for the race is $20 per adult and $5 for children. More information about the race can be found here. All proceeds will go to benefit the Friends of Earth Fare Foundation.