Center For Civil Justice Receives $50,000 Grant To Increase Awareness In Child-Hunger Relief Programs

ConAgra Foods Foundation’s Community Impact Grant to Help the Center for Civil Justice Increase Awareness of Child Nutrition Program

Saginaw, MI – – In Michigan, there are more than 755,000 children facing food insecurity. As one of ConAgra Foods Foundation’s Community Impact Grant program’s newest recipients, the Center for Civil Justice is positioned to further its efforts in the fight against child hunger in the our community.

Through “3 meals – 12 months – All Children”, the Center for Civil Justice aims to increase participation in federal meal programs by promoting the importance of 3 meals a day for a year-round continuum of healthy eating for children. The Center for Civil Justice will give this strategy a Michigan “face” by developing a local video. It will highlight the federal child nutrition programs, how they can be combined to ensure year-round meals, and will showcase successful Michigan programs that run school breakfast, afterschool and summer meals. The video will also provide information on the Community Eligibility Option for eligible schools and school districts.

“Every day we see kids who are worried about where their next meal is coming from and we have a responsibility to ensure they have access to nourishment,” said Marybeth Laisure, Child Nutrition Program Coordinator, Center for Civil Justice. “Receiving the ConAgra Foods Foundation grant gives us the resources to reach these kids, to feed them, to help them focus on what’s important: being a kid.”

About the Community Impact Grant Program

The Center for Civil Justice is one of 12 nonprofit organizations in eight states across America selected to receive a 2013 Community Impact Grant from the ConAgra Foods Foundation. Grantees are selected from areas with the greatest number of children at risk of experiencing hunger,* and/or where ConAgra Foods employees reside.

Now in its fourth year, The ConAgra Foods Foundation has invested more than $2 million in Community Impact Grants programming – including enrollment in government-assistance programs, nutrition education, advocacy and direct access to food. The program aims to provide more than seven million meals to children across the country.

“Without access to healthy food – even temporarily – children can face life-long wellness consequences,” said Kori Reed, vice president, ConAgra Foods Foundation and Cause. “That’s why programs like “3 Meals-12 Months- All Children”: are so important. Being on the frontlines every day, the Center for Civil Justice is nourishing these children so they can unlock their highest potential, and we want to empower that success.”

The Community Impact Grants are part of the company’s 20-year commitment to investing in innovative programs that better connect kids with nutritious food and the information about food they need to lead healthy lives. For more information about the ConAgra Foods Foundation’s anti-child hunger initiatives, please visit www.conagrafoodsfoundation.com.

The Center for Civil Justice (CCJ) advocates for people in Michigan who need help meeting their basic needs, by using legal expertise to monitor and improve public policy and access to governmental programs and services. Anyone who would like to learn more about the project or what services CCJ provides in Genesee County can call (810) 244-8044. CCJ’s website is www.ccj-mi.org.

About ConAgra Foods Foundation
The ConAgra Foods Foundation, through its Nourish Today, Flourish Tomorrow platform, is dedicated to raising awareness of the nearly 17 million children in America who are at risk of hunger and live in food insecure homes where they may not have enough food to live active, healthful lives. It aggressively pursues sustainable solutions in the fight against child hunger. And the Foundation is committed to building a community of people who are passionate about ensuring that all kids have access to the food and facts they need to eat nutritiously while living balanced lifestyles and succeeding in school and life. ConAgra Foods Foundation invests in national and local partnerships with high-impact, not-for-profit organizations, such as Feeding America and Share Our Strength that take an innovative approach to addressing needs in the core areas of hunger and nutrition education. For more information, please visit www.ConagraFoods.com or www.facebook.com/ConAgraFoods The ConAgra Foods Foundation is primarily funded by ConAgra Foods.


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