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Every Child Thrives Annual Snapshot 2021

March 1, 2022

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's annual snapshot 2021 highlights its record-breaking year of grantmaking, during which the foundation awarded more than $483 million in new grant commitments, the largest amount ever in its 91-year history, which included $232 million of its $300 million social impact bond commitment, announced in October 2020. It also features leadership editorials from La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO; Celeste A. Clark, board chair and Don Williamson, vice president for finance and treasurer, alongside the grantmaking and financial statements for its fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2021. The annual snapshot is available in English, Haitian Creole and Spanish.

How Institutions Can Go Beyond Procurement to Help Build Equitable Food Economies; Institutional Investment: What we’ve learned

January 1, 2022

In order to inform our Institutional Investment Accelerator, Wallace Center partnered with Kitchen Sync Strategies to dig deep into the theory and practice of institutional investment in equitable food systems.

Food Systems

Fifteen Years of Edible Education at FirstLine Schools

October 21, 2021

Getting to this place–where what used to be a concrete yard next to a school is now a living, breathing, food-producing ecosystem, powered and beloved and owned by students–has taken us… awhile. Wander with us along the winding garden path that is our 15-year history, and we will point out some sights along the way.We start with the return to school after Hurricane Katrina: our history began with a few plants in pots in the side yard of Samuel J. Green school. Brilliant children, whose lives had been disrupted by the floods that followed the storm, were unable to sit still and had difficulty focusing. Dr. Anthony Recasner, a child psychologist and leader of the reopening of Green, recognized these early signs of trauma. He had seen in garden club at New Orleans Charter Middle how being outdoors and taking care of living things gave children agency, confidence, and a sense of community, and he saw the busted-up back of the campus as an opportunity. So when the famous chef, Alice Waters, founder of the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, California, came to New Orleans, and asked if Green would like to replicate her model of edible education, Recasner said yes.

Family Centered Employment Toolkit

May 25, 2021

This toolkit is intended for Workforce Development Boards on implementing a two-generation approach and family centered employment and related resources and links.

Nusenda Federal Credit Union - Website

April 28, 2021

Access to financial assistance can mean the difference between a business succeeding – or closing its doors. Entrepreneurs that have no access to collateral, are credit-challenged, or lack support of alternative financing, face many barriers in securing capital to start or expand businesses. Our Co-op Capital relationship-based, micro-lending program was created as a solution to financially empower these individuals, and spur economic development.The Co-op Capital program flips the traditional lending model and bases lending on trusted relationships between partner organizations – such as nonprofits, community organizations, and educational institutions – and individuals in the communities they serve.While character-based, community circle micro-lending is not new, especially internationally, the practice of offering loans through member organizations versus a traditional banking institution is a largely untried model in the United States.This program has been called "the alternative to the alternatives" as it does not require credit, collateral, or status; and shifts the decision-making authority to community organizations, nonprofits, and institutions based on character, goals, and determination – so entrepreneurs can build businesses that succeed. This award-winning program was successfully implemented through our partnership with La Montañita Food Co-op, which has provided capital to their small business suppliers. In 2016, this program expanded to include three new partnerships. With the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, City Alive, and Living Cities, the Co-op Capital model continues widening access to financial assistance for low-income entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color. Organizations working in partnership with Nusenda to implement Co-op Capital include: Family Independence Initiative, Partnership for Community Action, Cultivating Coders, Native Community Finance, South Valley Economic Development Center, UNM Innovation Academy, and Three Sisters Kitchen.

Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais

January 4, 2021

The hospital provides primary care services to about 185,000 people in Mirebalais and two nearby communities. But patients from a much wider area—all of central Haiti and areas in and around Port-au-Prince—can also receive secondary and tertiary care. We see as many as 700 patients every day in our ambulatory clinics. Learn more here.

Fannie Lou Hamer's America

January 3, 2021

Fannie Lou Hamer's America is a new and original documentary film told through the public speeches, personal interviews, and powerful songs of the fearless Mississippi sharecropper-turned-human-rights-activist.If you've ever heard of Fannie Lou Hamer, odds are you were introduced to her through the heart-wrenching testimony she delivered before the 1964 Democratic National Convention's Credentials Committee. As significant as Hamer's 1964 DNC speech was and is, her testimony is but one moment within the activist's career that spanned nearly 15 years and took place before audiences - in every region of the country. One of the movement's pre-eminent orators, Hamer used stories from her own life to call America to account for the racism that defined every aspect of her existence—from the turn-of-the-century cotton plantations of the Mississippi Delta where she was reared, to her death in an all-black hospital in 1977. 

Hope Starts Here Detroit

January 1, 2021

Hope Starts Here is a connector of early childhood efforts in Detroit to mobilize a citywide commitment to support our youngest children and families, through a common vision, coordinated implementation, collective advocacy, and a shared infrastructure.

Digital Literacy & Support

January 1, 2021

When Florida schools abruptly switched to distance learning in March 2020, the extent of our "digital divide" became painfully apparent. Many Consortium members quickly stepped in with device drives and broadband access solutions in a first response effort to reduce barriers to learning for economically disadvantaged families and students in rural areas.

Iowa Food and Fitness

January 1, 2021

Join the growing number of people in Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties working together to create vibrant communities where the healthy choice is the easy choice.  Watch our latest video on how we do this work, TOGETHER. The healthy choice means that every day all people in NE Iowa have access to healthy, locally grown foods and abundant opportunities for physical activity and play.  Food and fitness is important  because no matter where we are, the places where we live, learn, work and play affect our health and quality of life.  Join us.  Take the FFI Health Pledge.This effort is part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food & Community program.  Food & Community invests in community-driven policy and system change projects. 

Food Systems

The Power of Community-based Food Systems: Lessons in Carrying on Deep-rooted Traditions, and Building Community Power in the COVID-19 Era

December 1, 2020

In partnership with Ecotrust, Lake County Community Development Corporation, Dream of Wild Health, and Real Food Media, this interactive digital communications piece amplifies how community organizations in the Northwest region of the country responded to the distinct yet interconnected crises of 2020, and explores what that might mean for our collective future. Through narrative and audio clips, the stories showcased represent how local farms, community-based organizations, and community members are working together in radical new ways to bring forward creative, collaborative, and impactful solutions to restore community-wellbeing and justice through community-based food systems

Food Systems

Caregiving On and Off the Clock: Equity Issues Faced by Care Workers with Dependents

April 13, 2020

Care work is essential to meet the basic needs and wellbeing of any society. However, the U.S. faces a burgeoning care crisis. In the coming years, aging Baby Boomers will require an unprecedented amount of paid elder care services. Meanwhile, the current unmet paid child care needs remain high On the supply side, our research shows that gender and racial/ethnic inequities are built into the looming care crisis: 9 in 10 low-wage care workers are women and almost half are racial/ethnic minority groups.While there is clearly a high demand for care workers, little research examines how paid care workers afford and manage their own caregiving needs. Given that paid care workers with children and elderly dependents care around the clock—at work and at home—it is important to understand if they have enough of their own care supports to meet these needs. These questions are especially pressing during the current public health crisis, as care workers are called upon to care for the most vulnerable members of society and the importance of care work is more visible than ever. Paid care workers' ability to care for their own families even while they continue to care for ours is critical to our ability to weather the COVID-19 storm and be ready to care for our aging population.In this analysis, our sample of care workers includes a range of well-paid to poorly paid jobs including physicians, physical therapists, Certified Nursing Assistants and personal and home care aides.3 We consider care needs for children under 13 (e.g., child care centers, family child care), adult parents (e.g., at home, in a day program) or both, by race/ethnicity and work and family composition.

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