Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Meals and More Grant , Info Session, 1p, Thursday, August 28th, United Way Building

On behalf of our friends at the Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative, please be advised of the Meals and More Grant funding opportunity which will be elaborated at a INFO SESSION:August, 28th – 1 pm – United Way, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Lobby 4.

The goals of the Meals and More initiative are to:
·       Launch 10 new meal times among existing meal providers: 5 in the spring and 5 in the fall
·       Increase connections to key social services for meal guests
·       Increase the accessibility of healthy food in congregant settings to improve the health of guests

·       This second round of grants for Fall 2014  will enable five more meal providers to each open a new meal.
·       The initiative will also recruit, train and support 150-200 volunteers towards completing 50 hours of community service that will connect vulnerable residents to healthy emergency meals and to vital services. Release of application for organizations interested in participating in the Meals and More initiative (Information will be available onwww.SharedProsperityPhila.org) – September
·       Deadline to submit a letter of interest – October
·       Announcement of selected grantees – October
·       Launch of new meal time – November

Opportunity for Meal Providers
We are looking for five meal providers that are ready to expand their meal service into a new time.  Providers who expand their meal service will be eligible for the following:
·       $7,500 in unrestricted funding to support the development of a new weekly meal service
·       $1,000 in funds to purchase healthy food from a local food distribution organization
·       Support from the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Services and the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity to recruit new volunteers and organizations to assist with meal service
·       10 hours of high quality training for new and existing volunteers in food safety, healthy food preparation, and social service skills
·       Assistance in identifying social service agencies as partners to provide social and health services to guests

Monday, August 18, 2014

Delco Leaders Host Pre-K for PA

Contact: Andrea Mead: andrea@jacobsonstrategic.com215-805-3746

Media Advisory
Delaware County Leaders to Host Pre-K for PA at Local Preschool, Stress the Need for Access to Pre-K
Notable Leaders to Address Importance of Being Ready for the First Day of Kindergarten
Philadelphia, PA — TOMORROWTuesday, August 19Pre-K for PA will join Superintendent Dr. Richard Dunlapand other Delaware County leaders and early childhood educators at the Sonshine Christian Academy, a STAR 4 pre-k program, to highlight the importance of high-quality pre-k in preparing children for kindergarten and beyond.
As parents and educators prepare for the first day of kindergarten, Pre-K for PA is holding a series of “Back to School” events at preschools across Pennsylvania to underscore the need for every 3- and 4-year-old in the commonwealth to be ready for kindergarten through access to high-quality pre-k.
WHAT:     Upper Darby educators visit preschool class during "back to school" time, highlight                       importance of state investment in high-quality pre-k.

WHO:       Superintendent Dr. Richard Dunlap, Upper Darby School District
                Patrice Scanlon, Upper Darby Kindergarten Center
                Margie Sebastiani, Co-owner, Sonshine Christian Academy
                Representatives from Pre-K for PA

WHEN:     Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:   Sonshine Christian Academy, 3601 Garrett Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Pre-K for PA is an issue campaign supported by individuals and organizations across Pennsylvania who believe that investing in our children is the right choice and an urgent necessity.  Our vision is that every 3- and 4-year-old in Pennsylvania will have access to high-quality pre-k. We will not endorse nor oppose candidates, but rather we will advocate on behalf of this vision for Pennsylvania’s children, schools and communities.

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