Solano County

Nonprofits receive Kaiser community grants

By From page A8 | May 21, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano recently received good news – the organization once again got a Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit grant.

That $25,000 is crucial to the food bank and essential to the program it funds, said Caitlin Sly, the food bank’s program director. The money goes to the Farm 2 Kids Program that delivers fresh produce to low-income Solano County schools in the Fairfield-Suisun, Vacaville, Dixon and Vallejo school districts. The produce then goes home with the children.

Sly said that not receiving the grant would have had a “severe” impact on the organization.

“We most likely would be able to keep the program running for a little while with other funds, but long term, we wouldn’t be able to do it (at the level) it is now,” she said.

The food bank is not the only organization to heave a sigh of relief – 40 others in Solano and Napa counties will also receive grants totaling $800,000.

Meals on Wheels of Solano County received $20,000 that will be used to purchase food, said Executive Director Cathy Hall.

“It’s incredibly instrumental in keeping us going,” she said. “They’ve been a huge support for us.”

Like many nonprofit organizations, Meals on Wheels was hit in the pocketbook by government cutbacks. Just when funds are beginning to trickle back, Hall said, “now we have this thing called the drought.”

“Raw foods have gone up,” she said or costs. “Food programs are so hard to run because there are so many variables throughout the year.”

The yearly grant program invites local organizations to apply for financial support for specific programs and projects. Project proposals must align with one of the four Kaiser Permanente grant objectives, according to a press release issued by Kaiser.

The four areas are: to improve access to health care, health services and health education; to support healthy eating; to help train and develop the youth workforce; and to create safe environments for individuals and families to live, work, walk and play.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.

2014 grant recipients and projects

Access to Health Insurance Coverage, Health Care Services and Health Education

  • A More Excellent Way: AA Breastfeeding Program
  • Area Agency on Aging: Latino Outreach Program
  • Children’s Health Initiative Napa: Healthy Children Healthy Community
  • Children’s Network: Solano Resource Connection
  • Community Medical Center: Healthy Living Solano
  • Community Health Clinic Ole: Chronic Disease Management
  • COPE Family Center: Home Visitation
  • Dixon Family Services: Mental Health Continuum of Care
  • Faith in Action: Senior Peer Counseling
  • LaClinica de la Raza: Culturally Competent Care
  • NV Hospice & Adult Day Services: Transitions Palliative Care
  • Planned Parenthood – JHS: Reduce Risk
  • Rio Vista Care: Rural Counseling Service Expansion
  • Solano Coalition for Better Health: Faith – Health Diabetes Prevention
  • Solano County – HIV: Mobile HIV/HCV Testing Project
  • Solano Midnight Sun Foundation: Breast Health Project
  • Vallejo City School District: School-based Health Centers
  • Solano Coalition Better Health: Transitional Care Program

Access to Affordable Healthy Food

  • American Heart Association: Kids Cook with Heart
  • Benicia Community Action Council: Senior Home Delivered Meals
  • Benicia School District: NEAT for Kids Nutrition Ed
  • Fairfield Police Activities League: PAL’s Biggest Winner
  • Fighting Back Partnership: South Vallejo Healthy Eating
  • Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano: Farm 2 Kids Program
  • Global Center for Success: Demonstrating Healthy Lifestyle
  • Meals on Wheels of Solano County: Elder Nutrition Services
  • Queen of the Valley: Healthy 4 Life Program
  • Vacaville Education Foundation: Choose Well Be Well

Safe Environments

  • Benicia School District: Second Step Program
  • Fairfield Community Services Foundation: Fun on the Run
  • Girls on the Run NV: Fall 2014-Spring 2015 Program
  • The Leaven: Expansion Fairfield/Vallejo
  • SafeQuest Solano: Healthy Youth Relationships
  • Upper Napa Valley: Healthy Youth-Upper Napa Valley
  • Youth & Family Services: Safe Exercise for Healthy Living

Workforce Development

  • 2B Success Youth: Youth Enrichment Program
  • Mission Solano: Landscaping Job Skills Training
  • On the Move: Project LEEP
  • Vacaville Boys & Girls Club: Triple Play/Junior Staff Program
  • Vallejo City School District: Summer Youth Program
  • Yippie Foundation: Yippie Kaiser Kids

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