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Metro Newsroom

Mayor Awards 7th Annual Healthy Hometown Grants

Friday September 30, 2011

Eighteen organizations receive a total of nearly $50,000

During the next year, Louisville residents of all ages and from throughout the community will benefit from nutritional counseling, neighborhood cooking classes, community gardening projects, tai chi classes and race training, all due to the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement. This is the seventh year in a row for the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown grants program which has presented awards ranging from $1,240 to $5,000 each to 18 local service-oriented organizations to implement programs to get people more physically active and making healthier eating choices.

In announcing the grants Mayor Greg Fischer said, “It’s important that we continue to support opportunities for all of our residents to make choices that allow them to live long, healthy lives regardless of their income, education or ethnic background. These organizations are doing that across Louisville.”

With the help of newly appointed Department of Public Health and Wellness Director, Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Mayor Fischer presented certificates to grant recipients at a ceremony at Metro Hall. Eleven of the groups are first time recipients of the grant.

“We’re pleased that the healthy Hometown grant program continues to push into new areas of our community, said Dr. Nesbitt. “Our goal is to help jump start programming that can then be self-sustainable.”
Since 2005, the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement has awarded nearly $450,000 in grants to more than 90 community groups. Last year, 12 organizations received a total of $40,000.

Healthy Hometown grants have been used to develop programs for all ages and families including cooking classes, community garden development and distribution, literacy-based physical activity sessions and building exercise into core educational and recreational programming. Organizations receiving 2011 grants are:

Catholic Enrichment Center - $2,000
Funds will be used for the Healthy Habits Program which leads nutrition and fitness classes for low income families living in West Louisville.

CHOICE Inc. - $3,000
Funds will be used for 28 weeks of walking and nutrition education sessions for young people ages 13 to 17 living in lower-income communities.

Community Farm Alliance - $3,000
Funds will be used for monthly community cooking events in underserved areas using locally grown food.

Facts of Faith Fellowship Ministries - $2,550
Funds will be used for the Great Health Initiative tai chi classes and the Taste of Health nutrition program.

FEAT of Louisville - $3,000
Funds will be used for physical activity programming and counseling for children with autism.

Food Literacy Project - $5,000
Funds will be used for scholarships to students for farm visits and agriculture education.

Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church - $2,255
Funds will be used for the weekly “Fresh Stop” food distribution program. “Fresh Stops” distribute locally grown food to families of all incomes that participate on a subscription basis.

Girls on the Run Louisville - $2,250
Funds will be used for a 5K training and character building among middle school girls.

La Casita Center - $2,980
Funds will be used for a Spanish language exercise and nutrition program for women in the community.

Lighthouse Promise Inc. - $3,000
Funds will be used for a culinary arts program and an exercise initiative for youth that participate in their after school programs.

New Roots Inc. - $3,700
Funds will be used for a Fresh Stop food distribution program in the Shawnee and Edgewood/Newburg neighborhoods.

Portland Orchard Project - $2,500
Funds will be used to begin and maintain a community orchard project in the Portland neighborhood.

Runners on a Mission - $1,240
Funds will be used for an incremental marathon training program for youth in grades 4 and 5.

Shacklette Elementary School PTA - $2,250
Funds will be used for a school garden project

Shawnee Neighborhood Association - $2,875
Funds will be used for the "Garden of Principles" community garden.

South Central Kentucky Kids on the Block - $3,000
Funds will be used for an educational puppet troupe focusing on childhood obesity prevention.

Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville - $2,400
Funds will be used for student scholarships to summer gardening camp and urban agriculture fellowships.

Trainers for Kids - $3,000
Funds will be used for before and after school group physical training programs and nutrition education in several JCPS elementary schools.

Total Awarded: $ 50,000
About the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement
The Mayor's Healthy Hometown Movement seeks to connect, convene and communicate through partnerships that leverage resources and actively promote healthy eating, active living, and tobacco free environments, in order to establish healthier places, programs and policies toward making Louisville one of the healthiest cities in the country.
The goal of The Mayor's Healthy Hometown Movement is to create a communitywide culture where healthy eating and active living are the norm and that the healthier choice is the easier choice for all of our residents.
The Louisville Metro Department for Public Health and Wellness administers the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement. More information about the movement is available at, or by calling Metro Call at 311 or 574-5000.