Gulstream Aerospace Corp awarded $200,000 to be shared among partners Forsyth Farmers’ Market, All Walks of Life (AWOL) and Savannah Food Cooperative, and Growing Edge Community Collaboration for Green Groceries, a 14-agency nonprofit cooperative. The grant money, part of the company’s “Live Well; Be Well” program, will be used by local nonprofits to address areas in the Coastal Empire that lack access to healthy, affordable food.
“We challenged nonprofits in the Savannah area to get creative about how to get healthy food into the hands and homes of people who don’t have easy access to it. This grant is specifically designed to help our Savannah neighbors who live in areas where healthy, affordable food is difficult to obtain,” said Jason Aiken, senior vice president, Gulfstream. “We offered $200,000 in grants and encouraged the nonprofits to be collaborative in their approach. The creativity and resourcefulness of their suggestions for making healthy eating accessible, affordable, and sustainable is really impressive.”
Growing Edge Community Collaboration for Green Groceries, a partnership between West Broad Street YMCA and 13 additional agencies, will establish a healthy food resource on the west side of Savannah. They intend to develop the garden at the YMCA for year-round production, build a greenhouse, expand their kitchen, and create a job training program for food production and nutrition education training.
“Those we serve are often at risk for health problems including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes,” said Peter Doliber, executive director and CEO of West Broad Street YMCA. “These funds from Gulfstream allow a collaboration of many partners to produce healthy foods on-site, bring them to the community at their doorstep, teach people how to use them, all while creating opportunities for people to gain work experience.”
With this portion of the grant money, Forsyth Farmers’ Market, AWOL, and Savannah Food Cooperative will establish a mobile market by retrofitting a vehicle that can transform into a produce stand and make regular, scheduled stops in neighborhoods that need fresh produce.
“While our Forsyth Park location has been successful in providing a welcoming place for all to access healthy food, we have long dreamed of taking that Forsyth Farmers’ Market experience straight to the neighborhoods with the least access,” said Teri Schell, co-founder and coordinator, Forsyth Farmers’ Market. “This partnership with Gulfstream and our stakeholders enhances our community’s commitment to providing opportunities to access nutritious foods and knowledge about the good food link to improved health.”
The Growing Edge Community Collaboration for Green Groceries consists of the following organizations:
- Armstrong Atlantic State University
- Chatham County Health Department
- Chatham County Extension Services
- Emergent Structures
- Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire
- Handmade Neighborhood
- Live Oak Public Libraries
- Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
- Savannah Technical College
- Step Up Savannah
- Well FED
- West Broad Street YMCA
- YMCA of Coastal Georgia
These grants are part of a series of initiatives of Gulfstream’s Corporate Responsibility department, whose mission is to strengthen the communities where employees live and work. The grants are just one part of a broader focus and commitment to enable success within the community by providing peopel with the tools, resources, and motivation to live healthier lives.
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services, and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 2,100 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150; the new large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G280; the large-cabin, long-range Gulfstream G450; the large-cabin, ultra-long-range gulfstream G550; the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650. Gulfsteram also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales. The company employs more than 13,500 people at 12 major locations. We invite you to visit the website for more information and photos of Gulfstream aircraft at www.gulfstream.com.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, VA is a market leader in business aviation; land, and expeditionary combat systems, armaments, and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.