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Julie Rosenthal, For Family League of Baltimore
Kimberly Bronow, For Family League of Baltimore
Matching Grant Helps Baltimore Parents to Access Health, Nutrition Education
Funds Support Onsite Childcare for Single Mothers Attending Classes
BALTIMORE, MD, February 23, 2016 – Family League of Baltimore today announced that it has received a $15,000 matching grant to promote access to nutrition education, health, and wellness programs in some of Baltimore’s neediest communities, including Upton, Druid Heights, and Patterson Park North and East communities.
The matching funds are awarded jointly by the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America and a regional trade association, the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association.
The grant funds onsite child care, which will enable more young mothers and others to attend nutrition and healthy cooking classes. Baltimore City’s Health Department calculates that the city has the state’s largest population of single mothers, the highest infant mortality rate, and the highest obesity rate among young women.
“These funds will go a long way to make it easier for single mothers and caregivers to acquire new skills that help them care for their families and develop healthy eating habits that benefit parents and children alike so all families can thrive,” said Jonathon Rondeau, president and CEO of Family League of Baltimore.
“This grant demonstrates our commitment to helping support nutrition education as part of achieving a balanced lifestyle,” said Ellen Valentino, executive vice president of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association. “Our industry has a long history of giving back to the communities in which we live, work and play, and we’re proud to help Family League of Baltimore extend its programming to those in some of Baltimore’s neediest communities.”
About Family League of Baltimore
Since 1991, Family League of Baltimore has mobilized resources, empowered communities, and built the capacity of organizations to provide children and families with high quality programs and services that help them reach their full potential. We use our deep experience in resource management to collaborate with stakeholders to improve opportunities across our city. Our goal is that by 2030, all children in Baltimore will be born healthy, succeed academically, graduate high school and transition into higher education and the workforce. Learn more about Family League at www.familyleague.org. Join us on Facebook and Twitter.
About the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America
The American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America strives to make a significant contribution to the health of local communities by providing grants to support community organizations that work to advance both the physical health of their local citizens and the environmental health of their communities. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) created and funded by America’s non-alcoholic beverage industry and is a reflection of the industry’s long-standing tradition of giving back to communities.”
About Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association
The Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association is the regional trade association for local soft drink bottlers and distributors including Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, PepsiCo, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, and Canada Dry Potomac Corp. These companies not only manufacture and distribute soft drinks in Maryland, but employ thousands of local residents.