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Kansas Health Foundation to support local Food Policy Councils

By KHI NEWS SERVICE | January 31, 2013

Officials at the Kansas Health Foundation today said they will issue grants this year to support the formation and work of Food Policy Councils across the state.

According to a foundation request for proposal, it will accept applicantions for “capacity building” grants of $10,000 and policy implementation grants of $40,000 that will be available through 2016.

Only local, county or state government agencies are eligible to apply for the grants, which the foundation said are designed to increase access to and consumption of healthy foods.

Grant recipients would be expected to contribute staffing or some other support to the effort.

The RFP lists several activities as examples of objectives the foundation would like to see Food Policy Councils pursue. Those include working with school districts to restrict student access to unhealthy foods and collaborating with local officials to increase public transportation options for people who have limited access to supermarkets or farmers markets. Helping local governments establish policies that promote locally grown foods and lead to the establishment of community gardens were among the other sample objectives listed in the RFP.

Additional information on the Food Policy Council grants and an online application are available at the foundation’s website.

The Kansas Health Foundation established the Kansas Health Institute with a multi-year grant and continues to provide most of the institute’s funding.

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