01 Jul The Jim Moran Foundation Awards Grant to Feeding Northeast Florida
Funds will support mission and prescriptive nutrition program
Jacksonville, Fla. –– March 31, 2021 –– Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL) today announced that it received a multi-year grant from The Jim Moran Foundation to commemorate The Foundation’s 20th Anniversary. The grant will support FNEFL’s Prescriptive Nutrition program in which FNEFL will partner with Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHCs) and Free and Charitable Clinics (FCHCs) to aid low income, uninsured patients referred by the clinic providers. The program will exclusively serve Duval County.
The $685,000 grant will be distributed over three years, providing mission support and funding for nursing students led by a registered dietitian to help provide healthy food and teach community members how to incorporate it into their daily diet. This initiative will go hand-in-hand with the Corner Market program that FNEFL launched in 2020.
The Corner Markets mobile pantries were developed to address food insecurity on a street-by-street level to combat food deserts — areas with no direct access to grocery stores and other healthy food options. The markets are equipped with space specifically for the prescriptive nutrition initiative, where nursing students and dietitians can meet with clients, discuss their individual needs and track their progress over time –– directly linking their recommendations to the fresh, healthy food available at the market. With the additional funds provided through this grant, FNEFL will be able to continue to provide healthy food options and nutrition education to those in need.
“We are grateful for The Jim Moran Foundation’s support through the awarding of this grant,” said Susan King, President & CEO of Feeding Northeast Florida. “These funds will directly support our prescriptive nutrition program, a concept we are eager to grow in the coming years. Proper nutrition leads to healthier lives, and we want to continue to educate and help those in our community in every way possible through innovative programs.”
Jim Moran established The Jim Moran Foundation in 2000 to ensure his giving back to children and families would continue for many generations to come. To recognize this 20-year milestone, The Foundation has committed more than $12 million in special grants that reach beyond its traditional funding priorities to support nonprofit partners that are meeting the ever-changing needs of the community in Broward, Duval and Palm Beach counties.
“We are confident that the holistic approach of the Prescriptive Nutrition program will provide better health for individuals and families who require specialized food to improve their overall wellbeing,” said Jan Moran, chairman and president of The Jim Moran Foundation.
About Feeding Northeast Florida
Feeding Northeast Florida is one of the largest food banks in Northeast Florida. It works to provide meals and access to healthy food to members of the community who are food insecure and live in underserved parts of the community. Partnering with grocery stores, farmers, and manufacturers they use food that would normally be wasted to feed those in need. With over 250 service agencies and programs they serve millions of meals each year throughout eight different counties in the Northeast Florida region. To learn more please visit https://www.feedingnefl.org
About The Jim Moran Foundation
Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation has invested more than $170 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, after school and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 – with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. Through a long-term grant agreement, The Foundation’s significant funders are JM Family Enterprises, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. It is located at 100 Jim Moran Blvd., Deerfield Beach, Fla. 33442. To learn more, visit www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.