The grants awarded by the consortium go towards their goals in reversing the rising tide of childhood obesity in Kane County through a variety of programs designed to promote active lifestyles and increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) received a $1,500 grant to continue and implement bilingual marketing, improvements, and staffing to accept debit, credit and specifically Link cards (SNAP) at the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market. The initiative will continue to allow lower income residents greater opportunity to purchase healthy, locally grown and produced foods, and also provides an economic boost to the local growers and vendors of the area by increasing their customer base.
“In our second year of implementation of accepting Link, credit, and debit cards we are excited to continue the growth and improvement of this program so that Elgin area residents know they have local options to get their produce, meat, and eggs,” said Jennifer Benson, DNA market manager. “But not only will they be able to shop, we want people to appreciate the kids programs, performances by local musicians, and fun interactive booths with our community organizations and sponsors. We hope the experience will encourage more engagement in the downtown and in the community.”
Grant recipients were chosen by the Consortium based on their proposals to implement strategies that are contained in the Fit Kids 2020 Plan.
The Fit Kids 2020 Plan was developed by parents, physicians, engineers, educators, planners, public health professionals, transportation experts, faith leaders, local policy makers and more. The Funders Consortium’s members are: the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, the United Way of Elgin, the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, the Kane County Regional Office of Education and the Kane County Departments of Health, Development and Transportation.
The 14th season of the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market – Presented by Alexian Brothers Health System begins Thursday, June 6, at 200 N. Grove Avenue across from The Centre of Elgin and the Gail Borden Public Library in downtown Elgin. The market runs every Thursday from 9 am – 2 pm thru October 3. For more information about the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, visit www.ElginHarvestMarket.com.