Nonprofit News

The Food Literacy Project Receives $64,647 Lowe’S Grant

The Lowe’s Gives Foundation has awarded a $64,647 grant to the Food Literacy Project for their expansion to Iroquois Farm. The Food Literacy Project will use the grant to grow programs and infrastructure for their outdoor classroom at the developing site.

The grant will be announced at the Food Literacy Project’s Volunteer Work Day and BreakFEST on April 14, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Iroquois Farm, located at 1400 Bicknell Ave. The Volunteer Work Day is part of Mayor Fischer’s Give a Day of service week-long program. The Food Literacy Project invites community members to help expand their youth Learning Garden. Activities will include garden bed construction, spreading soil and planting vegetable starts, as well as a field-to-fork cooking activity. This is a family-friendly event.

Lowe’s Gives Foundation funds will help the Food Literacy Project create a hub for education, youth employment, leadership development, jobs skills training and health improvement at Iroquois Farm. Already, students at Hazelwood Elementary are engaging with the land at Iroquois Farm through the Food Literacy Project’s Field-to-Fork After School Club, where students have planted, cultivated and harvested in the Learning Garden with their families.

A pavilion and outdoor teaching kitchen will be added to the outdoor classroom at Iroquois Farm in 2019. Thousands of people will discover the joy and power of growing, cooking and eating wholesome foods through the Food Literacy Project’s Field-to-Fork Program, fostering relationships that support healthy lifestyles.

“We are so grateful to have the Lowe’s Gives Foundation’s investment in the Food Literacy Project’s expansion to Iroquois Farm,” said Associate Executive Director Angelique Perez. “This project is connecting youth, families and community members with fresh food, farming, the land and each other. Young people are engaging as leaders to address food, justice and health issues and driving change in their families, schools and neighborhoods.”

More information about the Food Literacy Project’s expansion to Iroquois Farm can be found by visiting their website foodliteracyproject.org, Facebook page (facebook.com/TheFoodLiteracyProject) or by following @FoodLitProj_Lou on Instagram and Twitter.

Community Foundation Launches ‘A Force For Good’ Billboard Campaign

The Community Foundation of Louisville recently launched a robust billboard campaign to honor individuals who have demonstrated they are “A Force for Good” in Louisville through their service to others and commitment to the community. Whether through the development of programs, civic engagement or charitable giving, the honorees’ efforts are positively impacting the lives of some of the most vulnerable populations in the Louisville area. Summaries of the honorees’ backgrounds and good works are also featured on the Community Foundation’s website, at www.cflouisville.org/a-force-for-good-campaign.

Billboard honorees are:

Karina Barillas, executive director of La Casita Center

Raymond and Kim Burse, philanthropists supporting the Psi Boulé Fund and the Community Foundation’s African American Legacy Fund

Jocelyn Church and Corey Nelson, directors of Grace Kids! A Church for Children

Arthur Cox, executive director of St. George’s Scholar Institute

Bert and Jane Emke, philanthropists supporting the National Council of Jewish Women’s (NCJW) Light the Way Fund and the Family Drug Treatment Court

Jackie Floyd, community volunteer in the Russell neighborhood

Mahogany Mayfield, co-founder of GLOW, Girls League of the West

Andrew Noland, philanthropic supporter of various initiatives that remove barriers to education

Sarah Nuñez, assistant director of the University of Louisville Cultural Center

Moshe Ohayon, founder of Educational Justice

Mona Page, founder and executive director of Rhonda’s Another Chance Inc.

Angela Renfro, executive director and founder of the Kristy Love Foundation

Dr. Georgia Turner, director 2NOT1: Fatherhood & Families Inc.

“We are so excited to flood Louisville with positive imagery of people who embody what it means to be ‘A Force for Good,’” said Susan Barry, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville. “We hope the campaign will inspire others to think how they can be a force for good and see the Community Foundation as a partner in creating a community where people and place thrive.”

The billboard campaign launched March 19 and will remain on display until late April. Some of its locations include Frankfort Avenue, Spaghetti Junction and throughout West Louisville. For more information, visit www.cflouisville.org/a-force-for-good-campaign.

Celebrate Earth Month with NRPA Meet Me at the Park 2018

If you enjoy frequenting our local parks, including Shelby Park, you can help make Louisville’s park system even better. Visit NRPA.org/DisneyMeetMeAtThePark and nominate Louisville for Meet Me at the Park 2018, made possible by Disney and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The city with the most nominations will receive funding to make improvements to their park system.

Vote and vote often to help Louisville win and shine the national spotlight on our amazing park system and Shelby Park. The winner will receive $20,000. Help spread the word and share the link to the national non-profit by visiting NRPA.org/DisneyMeetMeAtThePark.