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2021 Healthy Eating and Active Living Mini-Grants Awarded to Cambridge Organizations

June 18, 2021

The Cambridge Public Health Department, through its Cambridge in Motion campaign, has awarded a total of $10,000 in mini-grants to ten local organizations to develop activities that promote healthy eating and active living.
 
“We are pleased to be able to fund more successful projects this year. Despite the extreme challenges of the last year, our mini-grant recipients continue to inspire positive changes in healthy eating and physical activity in Cambridge,” said Dawn Olcott, manager of public health nutrition services for the Cambridge Public Health Department. 
 
Healthy eating and active living is one of the city’s top three health priority areas.
 
The 2021 mini-grant awardees and their projects are:

 

  • Salvation Army's Bridging the Gap is a free program for at-risk youth and teens ages 12-17 that offers healthy meals and the opportunity for students to learn cooking, meal planning skills, and keeping active with fitness trackers.
  • Cambridge City Growers and Green Cambridge will support gardening and related educational activities for people of all ages about growing food, and the environmental and ecological aspects of urban agriculture in residential and community spaces. 
  • Capucine Montessori School, a school for 3-6 year old students, will start an organic edible garden, engage families in growing and eating the vegetables, expand their library with resources about gardening, and add gardening to their curriculum.
  • The Cambridge Public Schools’ Health, Physical Education and Wellness Department (Elementary Health) will work with Citysprouts school garden program and pilot a farm to table snack program. Second and third graders will learn about growing food in the Citysprouts gardens and how to prepare their own snacks.
  • Nurtury Preschool will introduce children and staff to fresh foods from its established edible garden, and give families fresh fruits and vegetables to take home and prepare with recipes provided. 
  • The Community Arts Center will purchase gym equipment for children and teens to use indoors or outside. The equipment will be portable, allowing kids and teens to use it in their gymnasium or outdoors when the weather allows. 
  • Mass Farmers Markets (MFM) will conduct multiple interviews and listening sessions, including with an interpreter, with SNAP recipients to learn about barriers in understanding and maximizing the nutrition-incentive benefits at farmers markets. Findings will be used to better communicate these benefits to recipients. 
  • Agassiz Baldwin Living Well Network will conduct a series of at least eight virtual classes focused on walking, fitness, cooking, and social connection for senior participants. 
  • The Morse Preschool will develop a “cooking with kids” program and incorporate more active play into the day. The program will purchase  kitchen tools, as well as trikes and other gross motor equipment. Families will learn how to make healthy cooking part of their daily routine and why movement is important for the physical and mental health of children.
  • See the World will coordinate a camping trip, one aspect of five “See the World” activities co-sponsored by the Kennedy-Longfellow School. This project will involve taking five low-income families camping at Wompatuck State Park, and will include transportation, camping equipment, staff set-up of the camping sites, outdoor education, guided hikes, and healthy shared meals. 
The 2021 mini-grants are funded by the Cambridge Public Health Department. Since 2012, 65 organizations have been funded to promote healthy eating and active living in Cambridge.
 
The mini-grant program is a partnership of the Cambridge Public Health Department, the Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council, and the City of Cambridge.
 
For more information, contact Dawn Olcott at the Cambridge Public Health Department, dolcott@challiance.org or 617-665-3809.
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