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Press Release: Foster Announces VNA Health Care of Aurora to Receive Nearly $1 Million for Healthy Food Program

Jun 21, 2017
Press Release

Aurora, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that VNA Health Care in Aurora has been awarded a Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant for their FreshFirst program. The FINI grant program, which is provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides funding for local, state, and national organizations to make it easier for low-income families to afford fresh fruit and vegetables as well as provide educational programs that focus on nutrition.

“I am proud to announce that VNA Health Care has received this award to help provide people with healthier eating choices for themselves and their families,” said Foster. “The FreshFirst program has had great success in promoting healthy eating in our community – not just by making fresh produce accessible and affordable for more families – but through programs aimed at educating adults and children about the benefits of a healthy diet. Simply put, this money will make our community healthier.” 

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said, “This federal funding will support hard-working Illinois families by giving them the education and opportunity for a healthier diet. Research has proven that eating an overall healthy diet can protect against different cancers, and reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. By teaching families about these benefits—and by rejecting any legislation that would rip health care away from millions of Americans nationwide, once again allow insurers to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, and raise out-of-pocket costs on seniors and rural communities—we can save health care costs down the road and raise a thriving community.”

In total, VNA Health Care of Aurora will receive $976,000 as part of USDA’s FINI grant program. VNA Health Care is a not-for-profit health care provider that serves men, women, and children in Kane, DuPage, and Will counties.