The Safeway Foundation has given a cumulative total of over $3 million to community health programs and hospitals to launch grass-roots projects for the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.
The “Innovative Approaches to Preventing Childhood Obesity” grants are a part of the supermarket company’s outreach and commitment to public health.
The foundation’s partner in this effort is Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. In early 2013, the partners invited organizations to apply for grants of up to $100,000 for grass-roots childhood obesity projects in the geographic areas served by Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Carrs and Dominick’s stores.
The parntners are working to promote collaborations between the medical community and local community-based agencies to help children become more physically active, improve food choices and create better access to healthy foods.
Some of the programs in Northern California to receive funding were:
Children’s Health Fund, San Francisco. Funds will aide a mobile medical clinic that provides comprehensive nutrition counseling and mental health services.
La Clinica de La Raza, Oakland. Funds will offer a multi-component program that incorporates health education sessions, medical and behavioral health assessments and access to ongoing services, and weekly physical activities.
Also receiving grants were: Chinese Community Health Resource Center, San Francisco; Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation, Martinez; North East Medical Services, San Francisco and UC Berkeley – School of Public Health, Berkeley.