Changing the Equation
The affordability of healthful food is a complex structural issue in our country that often goes unaddressed in the discourse of contemporary public debate. It is at the heart of the public conversation on hunger and food insecurity which lead to poor nutrition and its effects, including alarming rates of obesity and preventable chronic disease in our country, particularly among low- income individuals.
Solving this affordability issue is critical to the well-being of our cities, our regions, and our nation. Each year the Eos Foundation recognizes a small number of innovators for their sustained and significant efforts to change the equation on the affordability of healthful food for low-income people. Winners receive a one-time unrestricted $25,000 award. By recognizing these leaders, Eos seeks to inspire others to take action to change the equation on the affordability of healthful food in their communities.
Nourishing Kids Initiative
Combatting hunger and promoting access to healthful food has always been a priority of our work at Eos. Our Nourishing Kids Initiative is a multi-year effort to combat childhood hunger by increasing access to, and consumption of, nutritious food for low-income children where they live, learn, and play. Increasing school breakfast participation is our first funding focus.
After reviewing written proposals and conducting in-depth district interviews, Eos selected four school districts with which to partner in school year 2013-2014, the first year of the Nourishing Kids Initiative program. Leaders in Brockton, Revere, Salem, and Worcester have committed to pilot or expand a Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) program in selected schools that serve students in grades K-8 as they work to implement the BIC program district-wide. They are serving BIC to all students (universal free) once they are in class and the school day has begun (after the bell).
Boston Rising is an initiative of the Eos Foundation. Our investments focus on breaking the cycle of poverty by tackling the wealth gap. One of our main areas of focus in tackling the wealth gap will be on asset development strategies such as college savings accounts, and individual development accounts, among others. The primary focus is a multi year, multi million dollar commitment to the Grove Hall neighborhood in Boston.