Healthy Choices

Kaiser doles out $1.5 million to 54 nonprofits

More than 50 Sacramento-area nonprofits got a boost from Kaiser Permanente, which announced Tuesday nearly $1.5 million in grants to organizations that promote community health and wellness.

The grants are intended to increase access to medical care, improve mental health services, reduce violence, and promote healthy eating and lifestyles. Grants were awarded to 54 organizations, including WellSpace Health, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento and KidsFirst, a counseling center serving child abuse victims.

The grants range from $5,000 to $97,000.

Soil Born Farms, an urban farm in Rancho Cordova, received a grant to help support school gardens at six sites.

Another grant went to the Folsom Cordova Unified School District to support its Parent and Student Engagement Summer Academy, which provides recreational activities and nutritious meals to more than 100 children. The grant will help provide meals to children who might otherwise go without lunch during the summer break, according to a Kaiser news release.

The Kaiser partnership “fosters innovation, new programs, new ideas and new ways to help us reach our common goal of improving, through education, the health and well-being of the children, the families and the communities we serve,” Mary Ann Delleney, the school district’s health programs coordinator, said in the release.

The grants are part of Kaiser’s “community benefit” program, which includes charity care and coverage for underinsured and uninsured individuals. Last year, Kaiser said it gave out about $247 million in community benefit funds.