June 03, 2014
The Chicago Community Trust has been a strong supporter of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago since 1998. Last year, the Trust committed $30,000 to the Healthy Rogers Park Community Network to help improve the quality of life of children and families in the neighborhood.
Nearly 40 percent of Chicago Public Schools’ 400,000 students are overweight or obese. In Rogers Park, more than 50 percent of children live below the poverty line, and 96 percent of school-age children receive free or reduced price school lunch.
Healthy Rogers Park promotes fitness and healthy living by increasing families’ access to fresh and nutritious foods and encouraging more physical activity. The food is local, sustainable, organically grown and purchased from farmers at the Glenwood Sunday Market.
The network is led by the High Ridge Y in partnership with the Rogers Park Business Alliance’s Glenwood Sunday Market and other organizations, including the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children and Chicago Public Schools.