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ARIZONA NUTRITION NETWORK, MERCY HOUSING TEAM UP TO PROMOTE HEALTHY LIFESTYLES
A $92,282 grant to provide health and nutrition education from the Arizona Nutrition Network (AZNN), Mercy Housing’s largest donor in the State of Arizona, gave over 800 Mercy Housing residents a head start in their race toward a healthier lifestyle.
AZNN is a public and private partnership led by the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Bureau of USDA Nutrition Programs and was developed to educate all Arizonans, especially lower income residents, on the importance of nutrition and physical activity.
The organization’s mission is to shape food consumption in a positive way, promote healthy behaviors and reduce disease among specific target groups.
Resident Service staff members provide nutritious snacks to youth in their Out-of-School Time Activities Program, five days a week. As part of the programming, the youngsters each make a cookbook with their favorite nutritious recipes that they can take home and share with their families.
The grant from the AZNN also makes it possible for Mercy Housing to maintain relationships with several local food banks that provide fruits and vegetables, along with other staples that residents receive on a weekly basis. Senior residents are also provided with recipe cards and even get food demonstrations featuring the donated items.
“We are so grateful for the generosity shown to us over the years by the Arizona Nutrition Network,” said Kate Hunt, Regional Grant Manager for Mercy Housing in Arizona. “With their ongoing support, Mercy Housing is able to stay true to our dedication to healthy communities.”