Richard Bogren | 7/26/2016 8:21:39 PM
(07/26/16) NEW ORLEANS – UnitedHealthcare recently presented a $55,000 grant to the LSU AgCenter 4-H program to support the Food Smart Families program in Louisiana.
Food Smart Families is a national 4-H initiative that targets low-income families and teaches them how to plan, shop and prepare healthy meals on a budget.
The UHC grant was announced on July 22 during C.H.E.F. Camp – Creating Healthy and Enjoyable Foods – at the Tulane University Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine.
The camp, which was held for 9-to-14-year-olds by the LSU AgCenter and Southern University Ag Center in partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, was one of 13 conducted throughout Louisiana by the LSU AgCenter and the Southern University Ag Center.
“Our focus as a company is to make sure we do what we can to help make people healthier,” said Brad Grundmeyer, director of marketing and community outreach for UHC Community Plan of Louisiana. UHC also awarded Louisiana 4-H a $55,000 grant in 2015.
The grant is part of a $1 million initiative by UHC to support Food Smart Families 4-H programs throughout the United States, Grundmeyer said.
“UnitedHealthcare is proud to work with 4-H to provide the tools and resources the families in our community need to help end hunger,” said Allison Young, CEO of UHC Community Plan of Louisiana.
“The 4-H Food Smart Families Program highlights the importance of a healthy lifestyle and provides tools and resources for families to prepare healthier, affordable foods on a budget,” she said.
Brad Grundmeyer, director of marketing and community outreach for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana, speaks to participants at the New Orleans CHEF Camp to promote healthy lifestyles. Photo by Rick Bogren
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture