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Newman’s Own Foundation Announces $10 Million in Grants to Aid Nutrition

November 19, 2014

Launches Innovative Cohort to Increase Access to Nutritious Food In Underserved Communities

Westport, CT – Newman’s Own Foundation today announced that it is committing more than $10 million in grants over three years to support initiatives that increase fresh food access and nutrition education in underserved communities. The grants will be awarded to 36 nonprofit organizations around the country that provide programs and services to improve nutrition. 
As part of this commitment, Newman’s Own Foundation is forming a Nutrition Cohort of six nonprofits and a research university with the goal of helping to improve health among children and families in underserved communities through fresh food access and nutrition education. It is an innovative approach to bring different organizations together, each with distinctive expertise and programming, to collaborate and collectively pursue greater impact.
“Our support for these nonprofits represents an investment in the value of collaboration,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO, Newman’s Own Foundation. “There are so many challenges to improving nutrition access and education in urban and rural areas, especially for those who are most disadvantaged in underserved communities. Working together, these organizations can combine their collective knowledge, experience, and networks. We look forward to seeing if we can move the needle on issues like food insecurity, childhood obesity, and the related costs to individuals and community health.”
The six Cohort organizations are: Fair Food Network (Ann Arbor, MI), FoodCorps, Inc. (New York, NY), The Food Trust (Philadelphia, PA), National Farm to School Network (Chicago, IL), Wellness in the Schools (New York, NY), and Wholesome Wave (Bridgeport, CT). The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University (Boston, MA) will provide research support by evaluating the Cohort’s impact.  
Newman’s Own Foundation will work with the Nutrition Cohort to share practices, coordinate efforts, and brainstorm ideas for improving nutrition during an annual in-person convening and subsequent discussions. They will work together over a three-year period. Newman’s Own Foundation is providing $4.5 million in grants for the Cohort program. 
In addition to launching the Nutrition Cohort, the Foundation has also committed grants to 29 programs across the country, which are focused on serving children and families with nutrition education and fresh food access for underserved communities. The nonprofits provide a range of successful and innovative programs and services. The organizations are serving urban and rural communities across the country – from Maine to Washington and Alabama to Idaho.
Newman’s Own Foundation has been supporting food and nutrition programs for 30 years and has a long-standing commitment to help improve the well-being of children and families. 
For more information about the Nutrition Cohort, Nutrition grants, and a complete list of the nutrition grantees, visit:
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About Newman’s Own Foundation
Paul Newman was committed to helping make the world a better place. To carry on his philanthropic legacy, Newman’s Own Foundation turns all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations. To date, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have given over $400 million to thousands of charities around the world. For more information, visit