In partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, leading health and well-being company, Humana, has provided $50,000 in funding to drive healthy habits for Columbus youth. The funding also supports a community garden and activation of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Healthy Habits curriculum, which allows Club kids to learn more about gardening while building upon Humana Healthy Horizons’ ongoing work to address food insecurity.
The East Columbus Boys & Girls Club has been diligently working on their Club Garden and are excited to reveal their hard work to the community, right in time for National Boys & Girls Club Week (June 27- July 1, 2022) The reveal will take place at the East Columbus Boys and Girls Club at 5pm EST on June 29th, 2022. The East Columbus Boys and Girls Club is located at 3835 Forrest Road Columbus, GA 31907.
“We are so thrilled to have Humana as a new partner for our mission to drive our Healthy Habits curriculum” said Rodney Close, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley. “This is not only an exciting opportunity for us to empower our young people to grow healthy crops, but also a celebration of a new partnership with Humana and Sims Grown. Sims Grown is a local horticultural company that consulted and guided us through the development and buildout of the garden. We look forward to working with Humana this year as we continue helping Club members positively engage with others, their health, and their emotional wellness.”
Food insecurity affects 11 million U.S. children, according to the U.S. Department Agriculture and it’s projected that 18 million children could face hunger this year. This partnership aims to level the playing field by ensuring all youth, regardless of abilities, gender, age, skill level, household income or prior experiences, are giving the same opportunities to take small steps toward positive behavior change.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley (BGCCV) is celebrating nearly 85 years of providing youth with character and leadership development, education and career development, healthy life skills and sports and recreation. BGCCV first opened its doors in Columbus in 1937. Since then, the organization has grown from one club to five serving over 2,300 children annually.