The Mario Batali Foundation has made three major grants to to improve literacy and nutrition for Boston’s children!
Kicking off the MBF initiative on Friday, March 31st, the Mario Batali Foundation and its three grantees – Books for Kids, First Book and FoodCorps– will join together to present the programs that are being implemented and expanded in Boston with this funding.
“This initiative in Boston represents the first time the Mario Batali Foundation has brought together three of its grantees and two Head Start centers to make a real impact in a single city by having good books and good food practices accessible where they’re needed most,” said Mario Batali. “We are honored to work with these organizations that do important work every day.”
Two brand-new libraries will be opened by the Foundation and Books for Kids, one at the ABCD Geneva Avenue Head Start and another at Horizon’s for Homeless Children. Each library will be beautifully designed and filled with an age-appropriate collection based on the core group of standard titles recommended by the Department of Education and early childhood literacy experts, as well as titles specially selected by Mario Batali for healthy eating and living. The books are carefully selected to reflect the backgrounds and life experiences of the children in the library’s community. Each library will also have a Mario Batali Foundation-funded Library Specialist and literacy program, as well as a lending program to allow books to be taken home by the children and their families.
The opening of these two new Books for Kids libraries marks the 15th and 16th Books for Kids libraries funded by the Mario Batali Foundation around the country.
A special Book Fair offering more than 10,000 free books will be held that afternoon at ABCD Geneva Avenue Head Start. Teachers and First Book-eligible educators will have a four-hour “shopping experience” to find and take back copies of books for their classrooms. Parents of children in the two new library locations will also have a selection of 2,000 books put aside for them to take home. In addition to those 12,000 books, an additional 10,000 free books will be made available to First Book’s Boston network of educators through a special email offering free shipping for these free books.
Expanding on its community and school support in Boston for the past five years, FoodCorps is creating a future in which every school is a healthy school, and every child is well-nourished and ready to learn. This new matching grant from the Mario Batali Foundation will enable FoodCorps to expand its Greater Boston area program and scale up service corps members in the area, reaching more than 7,500 children in and around Boston with the nourishment and hands-on food education that will help to ensure a lifetime of healthy eating.
The FoodCorps curriculum includes hands-on lessons, recipes for healthy school meals and an overall culture of health to impact the entire school community.click here to To see if you qualify