LiveWell Community Wellness Grants awarded

Just Food Executive Director Elizabeth Keever accepts a grant from Chip Blaser, Douglas County Community Foundation executive director.

Just Food Executive Director Elizabeth Keever accepts a grant from Chip Blaser, Douglas County Community Foundation executive director. by Jenalea Myers

Ten Douglas County organizations received a total of $83,000 in LiveWell Community Wellness Grants Nov. 18. The awards support the work of LiveWell Lawrence, a countywide coalition that aims to make it easier for area residents to eat healthy foods, be physically active and live tobacco-free.

The awards were made possible through the support of the Kansas Health Foundation working in partnership with the Douglas County Community Foundation.

The grantees included:

Cordley Elementary School PTO received a grant to add beds to its school garden to grow cooking herbs, vegetables and fruits for in-school and after-school learning.

Douglas County Housing Inc. was awarded two grants to serve different populations: The first grant will provide NuStep exercise machines at Babcock Place. NuStep machines work both upper and lower body and are ideal for seniors who are doing rehab or maintaining everyday strength and balance. The second grant will provide bike racks and a bicycle rodeo for youth at Edgewood Homes.

Eudora Schools PTO received funding for SideTrack technology to track Marathon Club participation.

Heartland Community Health Center was awarded a grant to purchase a refrigerator for its food pantry. The refrigerator will increase the pantry’s capacity to hold fresh produce, including large donations.

Just Food received a grant to extend Just Cook, its cooking and nutrition education program, through partnerships with community organizations throughout Douglas County, including Baldwin City Parks and Recreation and the Lecompton Food Pantry.

Lawrence High School received funding to start a Fit Club that will provide a free after-school physical activity program for students on campus.

Lawrence Public Schools received two grants. The first will provide a second bike fleet in a trailer that will rotate to elementary schools for bicycle education for fourth- and fifth-graders. The second grant will be used to establish three elementary school gardens and to provide tools for all school gardens.

Lawrence Unchained Bicycle Co-op was awarded a grant to create a mobile bike shop in a trailer that can be used at outreach events throughout Lawrence and Douglas County. The Sunrise Project received funding for furniture and equipment for its community kitchen and workshop spaces.

The Shelter Inc. will use its grant to purchase sports and exercise equipment that kids in the state’s custody will use for daily exercise.


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