“Scrambling to submit this grant was not on my work plan for this spring, but this work is too important to lose. The Health Department of Northwest Michigan and Groundwork staff worked hard to get this grant ready, and United Way wanted to make sure that their dedicated effort still served our community,” said Rebeca Otto, Director of Regional Community Impact – Char-Em Region. “We had the capacity to be the last leg of this relay and fully live up to our mission of connecting and mobilizing the caring power of our local communities to advance the common good. We hope, however, that governing bodies will continue to pursue funding sources that staff bring forward. Nonprofit workers are exhausted and, while we have learned to expertly pivot, it is not the best use of our time.”
Nutritional education programming, health information collection, and school kitchen improvement stipends to begin in October 2023, and continue through the following school year.
The Whole Child Nutrition Grant will serve as a pilot program to incorporate healthy diets and nutritional awareness throughout the Char-Em ISD, and to build schoolwide cultures of health.
For more information visit www.unitedwaynwmi.org. The Char-Em office for United Way of Northwest Michigan is located at 1691 US 131 S, Petoskey, MI 49770
Rebeca Otto can be reached at email@example.com or 231-881-2591.