Parks and Recreation receives $25,000 grant

Parks and Recreation receives $25,000 grant
Posted on 05/03/2018
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The city of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation department, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), has received a $25,000 grant to support its out-of-school time healthy food access and nutritional literacy programs. The gift is part of a $1.5 million grant NRPA received from the Walmart Foundation to support out-of-school time programs in park and recreation agencies across the country.

The grant will help increase access to healthy foods and improve opportunities for physical activity for children in the area. The city will also receive additional support for meals provided through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) afterschool and summer feeding programs, as well as nutritional literacy materials to help ensure lifelong healthy habits for the city’s youth.

"The Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation department believes that out-of-school time settings play a key role in developing a child’s healthy eating and physical activity habits,” said Kelvin Yarrell, director of Parks and Recreation for the city of Rocky Mount. “This grant will allow us to expand our out-of-school time program’s access to nutritious foods and continue to focus on physical activity opportunities that get kids moving throughout the day and teaches them how to stay active for a lifetime."

This grant also supports NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign which encourages the implementation and evaluation of Healthy Eating, Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in park and recreation sites nationwide.

For more information, contact Emily Randell at 252-972-1135.