INDIANAPOLIS, APRIL 8 : Indy Parks, along with the Indianapolis Parks Foundation, has received a $30,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NPRA) to support its launch of out-of-school time healthy food access and nutritional literacy programs. The gift is part of a $2.3 million grant given to NRPA from the Walmart Foundation to support out-of-school time programs in 50 park and recreation agencies.
According to a press release, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Indy Parks Director John Williams will assist the program launch at 4:30 p.m. at Watkins Park, in the Family Center located at 2360 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street
The purpose of the grant is to increase the number of healthy meals for children in low-income communities through the Summer Food Service Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program during out-of-school times; provide evidence-based, age-appropriate nutrition education to teach children the importance of healthy eating and implement nutrition and physical activity standards that increase access to healthier foods and increase opportunities for physical activity.
“This generous grant from the Walmart Foundation and the NRPA will allow Indy Parks to expand its critical work and improve the quality of life in Indianapolis by fostering life-long healthy habits among the youth in this community,” said John Williams, Indy Parks Director.