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Grant to support NCC's Healthy Campus Initiative

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From Contributed Reports

Monday, June 19, 2017

Nash Community College recently received an On Track with Healthy Foods grant of $10,000 from The Conservation Fund.

Sponsored by CSX, the program helps increase access to healthy foods in vulnerable and underserved communities in the Twin Counties. This grant will support Nash Community College’s Healthy Campus Initiative, which focuses on providing healthy food options at the campus cafe and building capacity to preserve food donations.

The project will allow NCC to install equipment that will enable the Midway Cafe to display and serve additional healthy food items, affordable hot and cold meals and reduce food waste on campus by preserving breads baked in the Culinary Arts program classes and distributing them through United Community Ministries.

Nine community- and faith-based groups received grants to increase access to healthy foods in vulnerable and underserved communities in the Twin Counties. The On Track with Healthy Foods grants program was created to enhance the delivery capabilities of food producers, processors and distributors in Nash and Edgecombe Counties.

“NCC has implemented a number of activities across campus and around the community associated with health and wellness. This includes nutrition and healthy menu options and preparation class, seminars and presentations conducted by Chef Frank Bookhardt. The college is excited about the opportunity to partner in the ‘What’s Growing On” endeavor as it will help provide increased opportunities for young children in Nash County to learn and experience healthy eating options,” said Dr. Trent Mohrbutter, vice president for instruction and chief academic officer.

CSX, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is a premier transportation company that provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural and consumer products. For nearly 190 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com.

The Conservation Fund makes conservation work for America by creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, and redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity.

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