Grant awarded to St. Vincent “Healthy Harvest” program to fight food insecurity in Evansville
Welborn Baptist Foundation, Inc. gives two-year Healthy Eating Active Living grant to St. Vincent Evansville
November 28, 2017 | Evansville, IN - The Welborn Baptist Foundation, Inc. has given the HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Grant of $125,024 to St. Vincent Evansville. The grant will support the St. Vincent Healthy Harvest program, a new initiative to help bring healthy food to those who need it in the Evansville community.
The grant supported the purchase of a greenhouse and hydroponic system that will allow for year-round growth of fruits and vegetables. This infrastructure will be located at Seton Harvest, a community-supported agriculture initiative sponsored by the Daughters of Charity Province of St. Louise. The produce grown will be distributed by the Seton Harvest delivery truck, local food pantries, homeless shelters, school backpack programs, and various other outlets.
“Evidence has shown that obesity and other chronic health conditions are more prominent in communities that are located in food deserts,” said Janet Raisor, Executive Director/Foundation Operations, St. Vincent Evansville.” This grant from the Welborn Baptist Foundation will allow us to help educate, fight hunger and improve the health of more families in our community.”
The Healthy Harvest program will be in partnership with several local organizations including Seton Harvest, St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, and Ozanam Homeless Shelter, as well as several local schools including Sharon Elementary and Cedar Hall.
This program will serve adults and children in the greater Evansville area, including the Evansville designated Promise Zone, and will meet the Promise Zone goal of promoting better health and access to healthcare, specifically access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. Produce will be distributed on a weekly or biweekly basis, depending on the type of produce.
Supplemental education and health screenings will be provided by a St. Vincent Evansville Community Health Registered Dietitian and RN. The dietitian will create recipe cards to accompany fresh produce and provide hands on education about healthy eating at field trips for participating schools to Seton Harvest. These field trips will also provide children with fun, interactive information on gardening and farming. Additionally, the RN will provide much needed health screenings at the distribution sites.
About St. Vincent
In Indiana, Ascension’s St. Vincent operates 20 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices and clinics that cover a 57-county area and employ more than 15,000 associates. Across the state, St. Vincent provided more than $266 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Indiana for 136 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.stvincent.org.