The Minneapolis-based Cargill Foundation has announced that it awarded grants totaling $10 million in 2019 in support of efforts to minimize the opportunity gap for low-income children and advance childhood nutrition across the Twin Cities region.
Recipients of the grants include Appetite for Change, which provides children with opportunities to plant and harvest nutritious food in urban gardens in North Minneapolis; the Harold Mezile North Community YMCA Youth & Teen Enrichment Center, in support of the Cargill Teaching Kitchen, which works to educate children about healthy food choices through hands-on cooking classes; and the Twin Cities Mobile Market, a city bus converted into a grocery store that brings affordable and fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, grains, and other high-quality groceries directly into neighborhoods with limited access to healthy, nutritious foods.
"As a global food and agriculture company based in Minnesota, our employees across nations work to nourish the world in a safe and responsible way. Nutrition is at the core of what we do," said Michelle Grogg, vice president of global corporate responsibility and executive director of the Cargill Foundation. "We bring that same focus on nutrition to the Twin Cities through our funding and partnerships. This year, we specifically focused on childhood nutrition and food justice, supporting organizations that grow healthy foods, educate children and families on food choices, and increase access to nutritious foods for children in low-income households across the Twin Cities."