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AHA improves the health and well-being of Wake County residents by facilitating and supporting community initiatives.

Cultivating Community and Food in Southeast Raleigh

The John Rex Endowment recently awarded an $81,789 planning grant to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle urban ag-IFFS(IFFS) to work with Southeast Raleigh youth and their families to grow and sell their own fresh food.  Working together with community members, IFFS will develop an urban ag project plan that can serve as a model for the rest of the state and beyond. This 5-minute video is worth the watch to see how transforming vacant lots in Southeast Raleigh is cultivating community and fresh food for people living there and impacted by the closure of two Kroger grocery stores last year.

“The healthy weight of children is clearly a public health concern, and the availability of nutritious food can make a big difference,” said Kevin Cain, president and CEO of the John Rex Endowment. “Involving families in plans to grow, prepare, and share their own fruits and vegetables is a very promising approach.”

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