“We know that our families lack nutritional information, but they certainly do not lack motivation,”
Through the grant, 20 homeless families in Bridge Communities’
Bridge Communities has already conducted two pilot nutrition workshops in Naperville, both of which were well attended and received positive response.
Jennifer Scott, who attended the pilot programs, raves, “I thought it was awesome. I learned a lot about eating healthy and about making food really quick.” She adds, “I learned about expiration dates and choosing fresh fruits and healthier cooking oils. We used to go through so much vegetable oil! Now I’m baking more, and I’m using more olive oil. We’re eating more wheat bread, and I even bought wheat flour.”
“Our aim is to have a positive life-long impact on our families’ physical and financial health,” stresses Joyce Hothan, Executive Director of Bridge Communities. “By the time our client families have completed the program series, the information taught will be reviewed and reinforced with the goal that it all will become a part of their daily living.”
That goal is already becoming a reality for Jennifer Scott. “I have acid reflux,” she shares. “Now I don’t have heartburn nearly as much because of the changes I’ve made in my diet.”
The J.R. Albert Foundation is a private foundation established in 2007, in Kansas City, Missouri, which makes grants in the United States to support health and nutrition research and programming.
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Bridge Communities, Inc. is a dynamic, grassroots, nonprofit organization committed to transforming the lives of homeless families in DuPage County through partnering with talented, resourceful individuals and groups in the community. Its program of transitional housing, mentoring and supportive services empowers the families to increase life skills and earning power to promote self-sufficiency, sustain permanent housing, and to break the cycle of poverty within the family unit. What began by co-founders Mark Milligan and Bob Wahlgren when they decided, in 1988, to begin to help homeless families, has now become a powerful current of change in the lives of hundreds of extremely low to low income at-risk families.