Financial services firm Morgan Stanley has announced the launch of Healthy Newark, a location-based program that aims to provide low-income families in the New Jersey city with the wellness and nutrition resources they need to give their children a healthy start in life.
To be led by the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, in partnership with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, the hospital's KidsFit Newark wellness program, and America's Grow-a-Row, the program aims to provide over 97,000 meals to nearly 3,000 children and their families, weekly fitness programs for 700 children, health screenings and nutrition education for more than 500 children, safe play areas for 2,000 children, and more than 2,000 volunteer hours from Morgan Stanley employees. Earlier this month, the firm announced Chicago and Oakland, California, as the first two sites in its Healthy Cities initiative.
"Morgan Stanley has a forty-plus-year commitment to children's health, and we are proud to be taking another step forward with our partners in Newark," said Joan Steinberg, global head of philanthropy for the firm. "Morgan Stanley Healthy Newark is an exciting and innovative new program that will integrate local nonprofit resources to promote wellness, good nutrition, and safe play for thousands of children in need."