From left to right: James Tyler, Community Liaison, Center for Ecoliteracy; Sharelettee Rodgers, Food Service Manager, Oakland High School, OUSD; Olis Simmons, President and CEO, Youth UpRising; Curtiss Sarikey, Associate Superintendent of Family, Schools and Community Partnerships, OUSD; Zenobia Barlow, Executive Director, Center for Ecoliteracy; Safeway Fruitvale-Oakland Store Manager Angalida Tolbert. Photo courtesy of Safeway.
The Center for Ecoliteracy is receiving a $49,902 check – part of $2 million in grants the Safeway Foundation is giving to community health programs and hospitals in Oakland and elsewhere in Alameda County to launch grass-roots projects for the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.
Safeway presented the grant to the officials of the Berkeley-based center at the Oakland Safeway store at 3550 Fruitvale Blvd.
The grant will help fund school-community kitchens as a resource to educate school children and community members on health including programs in Oakland. The program also involves a partnership with the Alameda County Department of Health.
“Our commitment is to strengthen communities, create pioneering programs, expand services and implement new strategies to support the health of children and teens,” said Larree Renda, Safeway Executive Vice President and Chair of the Safeway Foundation.