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Mar 30 2009 12:00AM
Milagro Foundation Receives Grant
Carlos Santana's Milagro Foundation will receive a three-year grant of $720,000.00 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan, "to support low-income communities around the United States in their development of healthy alternatives for children in the areas of food, nutrition and health."
The Milagro Foundation will support programs serving some of the most vulnerable children in the United States. Milagro staff will seek out communities and community stakeholders who are undertaking a comprehensive approach to ensuring their children thrive by increasing access to Good Food -- food that is simultaneously healthy, green, fair and affordable, as defined by the Kellogg Foundation -- while also supporting nutrition education and fitness.
The Milagro Foundation chose to work on their first project in Marin City, California. Without a large grocery store or market in the community, The Marin Farmer's Market is currently in negotiations to start a weekly Marin Farmer's Market in Marin City in May. The Marin Farmers' Markets are non-profit and benefit farmers and the community.
The second part of the Marin City project is the development of a nutrition and health curriculum for children and their families in the schools as well as the establishment of school gardens to support the curriculum. Planning is underway with the collaboration of several Marin City and other Marin County agencies.
Other funding priorities for the Milagro Foundation through the Kellogg grant include the still devastated New Orleans/ Gulf Coast region, and American Indian communities. Some of the deepest pockets of childhood hunger and nutrition-related health problems in the country exist among American Indians residing on rural reservations.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930. The organization supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and in southern Africa. For further information, please visit the Kellogg Foundation website at www.wkkf.org.