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Southern California schools are about to get help and funding from an unexpected source, a local grocery store.
According to a recent article, the ALDI grocery store has recently partnered with Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) to invest in 15 Southern California area schools to improve overall wellness environments through grants and technical assistance for the 2015 to 2016 school year.
The investment from ALDI of $175,000 will go towards helping the schools expand and implement school wellness programs like AFHK’s Game On program, and engage community members, parents and ALDI employees to promote wellness at school and home environments.
In 2011, the company helped schools through partnering with AFHK in Chicago and hopes to continue to expand and benefit the more than 11,000 students in the Southern California school area, many (71%) depending on free or reduced price lunches. The grocer has also recently pledged to keep check out lanes healthier in all stores as well, providing nutritious snack choices instead of usual candy and junk food options.
The initiatives to help create a healthier school environment for the schools includes refurbishing outdoor play areas, piloting aeroponic school gardens, farm-to-school programs, and different physical activity initiatives before and after school.
To see the full list of schools receiving assistance for healthy initiatives, click here.
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