FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Community Services Foundation has received financial support from local service clubs and companies totaling more than $75,000 to support the Fun on the Run program.
The program is a mobile recreation and life skills program that is a partnership of the foundation and the city of Fairfield. It brings physical activity, healthy foods, education and enrichment programs into Fairfield’s low-income neighborhoods, serving children ages 4 to 15.
The Fairfield Host Lions Club has been a strong supporter since 2004 and recently hosted the ninth annual Prime Rib in the Park, a major fundraiser for Fun on the Run. The club has contributed more than $200,000 to Fun on the Run over the course of nearly a decade.
“Fun in the Run is a very effective partnership between the city and the foundation,” said Nancy Meadows Trigueiro, of the Fairfield Host Lions and the Daily Republic, in a press release. She also coordinates Prime Rib in the Park and was chairwoman of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club’s inaugural lobster feed in September to benefit Fun on the Run.
Two Fun on the Run vans visit 10 sites each week after school. There are 20 sites visited during the summer.
Statistics from the Fairfield-Suisun School District show that 86 percent of the children served by Fun on the Run are considered socio-economically disadvantaged and live in multifamily housing or subsidized housing developments, according to the press release.
Without parks in some of the neighborhoods served, these youth are potentially at risk of engaging in negative or unhealthy behaviors that could lead to drug or alcohol abuse, truancy, gang activity and poor health, according to the press release.
A major focus of Fun on the Run this year has been expanding nutritional education and physical activities. Healthy cooking and nutrition workshops are provided at various sites, taught by nutritionists who provide bilingual, age-appropriate lessons.
The Farm 2 Kids program of the Contra Costa-Solano Food Bank provides three to five pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables per child each week.
“We have learned first hand that introducing children to new foods, and letting them prepare the recipes themselves is helping change the way they eat,” Lisa Woods, vice president of the Fairfield Community Services Foundation, said in the release.
Arts and crafts are facilitated daily at each site. Science and nature programs are offered during the summer.
The Fairfield Community Services Foundation was founded in 1994 with a mission to provide financial and volunteer support for Fairfield’s community services. For more information, call 428-7465 or visit www.ffcsfoundation.org.
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Recent donations have included $20,000 from the Fairfield Host Lions Club, $10,000 from Carmax, $9,500 from Kaiser Permanente and $8,000 from the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club. Other corporate sponsors and grantors include: