A local nonprofit received a $75,000 grant from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation for Anthem’s Learning Gardens program. Greater Richmond Fit4Kids, which aims to educate local children about physical activity and healthy eating, was awarded the funds as part of its Food as Medicine initiative.
At 24 school gardens across Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, and Hopewell, Fit4Kids educates students on gardening and introduces them to homegrown veggies many students may have never tried before. The group also offers cooking classes and sends students home with meal kits.
Money from the grant will go towards the foundation’s operations and towards its greenhouse programs. Anthem’s relationship with Fit4Kids goes back to 2012, and in that time their Learning Gardens program has expanded from six sites to 24.