$75,000 Grant To Combat Childhood Obesity Awarded YMCA by Stop & Shop Family Foundation

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The Stop & Shop Family Foundation has made a generous grant of $75,000 to the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge and South Amboy. The grant will support programs to combat childhood obesity. 

The YMCA and Stop & Shop will implement a three-phase programming plan through the their Healthy Futures Initiative and the YMCA's commitment to Activate America, the YMCA's response to the epidemic of childhood obesity by creating community-based, collaborative programs that increase physical activity and improve nutritional habits in children and families.

"Stop & Shop is committed to providing healthy food to families and helping parents teach their children about the importance of nutrition and balanced diet," said Amy Murphy, Director of Marketing and External Communications of Stop & Shop NY Metro Division. "The YMCA is on the front line of providing quality programming and hands on training to children. This grant will prove to be money well spent."

"We are so pleased to partner with Stop & Shop to positively change the lives of hundreds of children and families," stated William Lovett, YMCA Chief Executive Officer. "I applaud Stop & Shop for their commitment to the health of our citizens and to having a meaningful impact on the epidemic of childhood obesity."

The Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge YMCA will work collaboratively with its four branch staff teams to build awareness for hundreds of children ages 3 to 12 and parents at over fifteen child care sites around the benefits of physical activity and improved nutritional habits, as well as implement preschool and  after school programming that will improve health outcomes for 800 children.  With the direct support of the Stop & Shop Family Foundation, the Healthy Futures Initiative will:

  • Build awareness for students, staff, and parents at fifteen child care, day camp and afterschool child care sites around the benefits of physical activity and improved nutritional habits
  • Impact the health of 1500 children through targeted full day child care, day camp and after school programming;
  • Provide 400 children with enhanced nutritional activities through field trips to Stop & Shop stores and;
  • Increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for underserved populations through the development of community harvest projects at our four sites in Metuchen, Edison, and Woodbridge.

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