The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has announced commitments of €2.5 million ($2.8 million) in support of food aid and efforts to promote healthy nutrition in Greek public schools.
Administered by the Prolepsis Institute, the Food Aid and Promotion of Healthy Nutrition program will receive €1 million ($1.2 million) in direct support from the foundation. The remaining €1.5 million ($1.68 million) is allocated as a matching grant. The funds will provide support for approximately thirty-eight hundred students and their families in schools with high levels of food insecurity, most of which are in large cities where the adverse effects of the country’s ongoing socioeconomic crisis have been more pronounced.
Through the matching grant, SNF will provide a grant of equal value for every €100,000 ($112,000) Prolepsis raises from individuals, corporations, foundations, government agencies, and European programs in support of the program. The additional funding will be used to increase the number of schools participating in the program, provide support to more students in need, and boost awareness among donors of the magnitude of the problem.
"For our part, we continue to support the [Food Aid & Promotion of Healthy Nutrition] program, as always to the extent of our abilities," said Andreas Dracopoulos, co-president of SNF. "At the same time, we recognize that there is a limit to our capacity, which by definition is complementary, and wonder, will there ever be a more opportune time for others to step up and join this effort, so that all of us, together, may eliminate this plight as soon as possible?"