The Coca-Cola Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant to Miami Children's Initiative to Launch Health and Nutrition Programs in Liberty City
The Miami Children's Initiative is expanding and creating five key health and nutrition programs with the support of a $50,000 grant by The Coca-Cola Foundation.
"Health, nutrition and wellness are some of the key foundations to leading a successful life. All children and their families need and deserve access to training, instruction and positive role models. Access to fresh healthy food can be an enormous hurdle in Liberty City. Transportation is a big issue. MCI, Jessie Trice Community Health Center and Liberty City residents are tackling these together." said Annie Neasman, President & CEO, Jessie Trice Community Health Center and Inaugural Chair of the MCI Board of Directors.
MCI and The Village of Biscayne have established a Fresh Food Co-Op, distributing fresh fruits and vegetables on a monthly basis. Co-op members pay $2 for $45-$50 worth of food. MCI aims to double the number of families served from 48 families to 100 families and increase the healthy food provision to twice a month.
Cycling is so healthy! Liberty City youth asked for a bike-sharing program. Funding will take this from concept phase to community action. Like the UFIT gym, this is a youth-led initiative. Watch for more news as this project takes off later this year.
The new culinary certification program begins in September 2014 with Key Biscayne's Chef René Eguiluz. Students will complete a six (6) week kitchen certification course including the state certified Foodhandler Certificate Program. Education on many aspects of kitchen expertise are included plus help with job-hunting, resume writing and introductions to local hotelsand institutions. This course will be offered on a recurring basis to those wishing to work in the industry and to those already working at early learning centers and schools.
"The health and well-being of the South Florida community has been part of the fabric of Coca-Cola for more than 100 years," said Melanie Jones, Vice President of Sales Operations, South Florida Market Unit, Coca-Cola Refreshment. "The Coca-Cola Foundation supports organizations that positively invest in the sustainability of their communities. The work the Miami Children's Initiatives and its partner organizations are making a difference in the lives of the resident of Liberty City."
Come see new vegetable gardens where families have their first experience planting, caring and harvesting their crops. Education programs teaching nutrition, gardening and civic pride will be added in partnership with Health in the Hood and Jessie Trice Community Health Center. Watch the excitement as both children and adults discover a pepper ready to take home. The giggle as a grandmother takes home a couple of tomatoes which she and her neighbors grew. This happens now.
Significantly more families will be served by new neighborhood gardens through the MCI Impact Zone (NW 59th Street to NW 63rd Street between NW 15th Avenue and NW 22nd Avenue).
Who inspired you as a child? People who guided us, mentored us, taught us responsibility. People who listened. People taking a special interest in our needs and helping us along the way. "Up2Us" coaches offer this and so much more to our children. We are very pleased to announce that MCI is doubling the number of "Up2Us" coaches from two to four with this grant.
These are five exciting program expansions made possible by the generous support of The Coca-Cola Foundation.
More information is available at www.miamichildrensinitiative.com or by contacting Cecilia Gutierrez-Abety at (305) 636-2227 or at firstname.lastname@example.org