AUSTIN -- The Sustainable Food Center was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation to provide education and resources for undeserved communities in Austin, according to a release from the center.
Aetna awarded this grant to the center as part of GoLocal: Cultivating Healthy Communities, a program that helps healthy food choices and active living take root in underserved communities. In total, Aetna awarded about $3 million worth of grants to 75 nonprofit organizations in 22 states, according to a press release.
"Poor nutrition and low activity levels can be especially challenging in underserved communities, but local programs like those the Aetna Foundation supports can have a big impact on community health," said Aetna Foundation President Garth Graham in the release.
The center plans on using the money to provide nutrition education, community gardens and farmers markets for underserved communities in the Austin area.
According to a study by The Capital Area of Texas Food Bank, 17.9 percent of people and 24.5 percent of children in Central Texas are food insecure.
For more information on the Sustainable Food Center, go here.