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Building a Healthy Community Opa-Locka


On October 15, 2010 WPF and Florida Memorial University held a special forum and community call-to-action on the university's campus.  

In addressing childhood obesity in a community, one critical element to explore is the availability of good, healthy food that families and schools can access to feed children. For decades communities such as Opa-locka, Florida suffered as grocery stores and fresh, affordable food disappeared from their neighborhoods due to economic conditions and city planning decisions.

To reverse this trend in Opa-locka, and to address the issue of childhood obesity, a group has formed to address the availability and affordability of food in this community. Thanks to support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation, War on Poverty-Florida has organized a Building a Healthy Community Childhood Obesity Prevention Project to develop this call to action. 

Community Grants Process

Purpose of the Community Grants Process:

  1. To support local community and faith-based organizations to provide community education and outreach on the importance of good nutrition, physical activity, and healthy weight for children and their families.
  2. To increase access to healthy foods and nutrition, nutrition education focusing on healthy eating through preparation and demonstrations, that includes personal budgeting activities.
  3. Increase the number of youth and adults who engage in community gardening and urban agriculture.
  4. To support Opa-Locka children in increasing physical activities through programs and activities.
  5. Promote the active engagement of children, youth, and families in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of community health initiatives addressing childhood obesity, including education.
  6. Develop civic leadership programs for youth to build youth-led community organizing, community engagement and advocacy.
  7. Continue involvement in the Building a Healthy Community Advisory Council and support results based accountability practices and approach to achieving outcomes and impact.

Download a copy of the Building a Healthy Community Opa-locka Call to Action Report >>

Request for Proposal

The second round of mini-grants has now been announced.

Organizations currently providing or will provide obesity prevention services to children and their families in Opa-Locka may be eligible to apply for a mini-grant from War on Poverty-Florida. 

Request for Proposals must address issues and opportunities related to preventing childhood obesity and increasing access to healthy food choices in Opa-locka.

The grants will range between $1,000 and $10,000 per applicant. The deadline to submit proposals is Friday July 8, 2011. Interviews will be held between July 25 and 27, 2011 for grant applicants selected to proceed to the second phase. 

Successful applicants will be notified by August 30, 2011. If your organization is interested, or if you know an organization that may be interested in applying, download the application.

For more information call 888-552-9674.