UE prof, nonprofit receive grant to address food insecurity, obesity
University of Evansville Associate Professor Dr. Su Jin Jeong is being awarded a $450,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Health to help combat food insecurity and obesity in Vanderburgh County.
Jeong, who also serves as UE’s director of the Institute for Public Health, says the funding will be used to spearhead a backpack and food pantry program, a community garden and farmer’s market, and children’s cooking classes.
Jeong says the grant application was submitted on behalf of Evansville nonprofit Young & Established, an organization focused on community betterment through youth-focused inspiration and motivation.
“The University of Evansville’s Institute for Public Health was proud to partner to assist Young & Established by submitting this grant that will ultimately assist our community’s youth in understanding the value of food nutrition and incorporating a robust program that combats food insecurity,” said Jeong.
The University of Evansville’s Institute for Public Health was included in the two-year grant as a technical advisor.
Funds are expected to be disbursed beginning this summer.