Junior Achievement of North Florida receives $120,800 grant from The Jim Moran Foundation
07/22/2019

Funding will support JA's Eating Healthy on a Budget program

Online PR News – 22-July-2019 – Jacksonville, Fla. – Junior Achievement (JA) of North Florida has been awarded a grant totaling $120,800 from The Jim Moran Foundation toward its JA Eating Healthy on a Budget program for the 2019-2020 school year and summer. The program is administered at the JA Financial Literacy Center in New Town to third-grade students throughout Duval County.

"We are so appreciative to The Jim Moran Foundation for this generous grant which will help us continue a program that has been proven successful," said Steve St. Amand, president of JA of North Florida. "Thanks to their continued support, more than 6,000 students were able to participate in our eating healthy on a budget program this past school year and we are hoping to serve even more in the next school year. This program gives kids a hands-on real-life budgeting experience that empowers them for the future."

The JA Eating Healthy on a Budget program brings third-grade students from Title I elementary schools in Duval County to the JA Financial Literacy Center in New Town for a one-day, hands-on learning experience. The students are taught how to save and manage their money and how to choose healthy foods. After the classroom instruction, the students are given $5 to spend at the Jacksonville Farmer's Market to purchase fruit ingredients for a fruit salad they learned and budgeted for earlier in the day.

"Our partnership with Junior Achievement of North Florida is providing children with a fun learning experience that will help them make nutritious food choices throughout their lives," said Jan Moran, chairman and president of The Jim Moran Foundation.

The Jim Moran Foundation grant will cover costs including transportation to the center and the farmer's market, insulated bags for the children to transport their food and other costs associated with the program.

Volunteers interested in helping administer the program and teachers who would like to have their students participate should contact Teresa Smith, vice president of programs, at teresa@janfl.org or call (904) 398-9944 ext. 227.

About Junior Achievement of North Florida
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement of North Florida has been operating in Jacksonville since 1963 and now includes a satellite office in Tallahassee. Through an innovative partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers, Junior Achievement of North Florida helps young people connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school. This collaboration resulted in 59,439 students reached during the 2017-2018 school year. To learn more about Junior Achievement of North Florida, visit www.janfl.org.

About The Jim Moran Foundation
Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation has invested more than $120 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundation's significant funders are JM Family Enterprises, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. To learn more, visit www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.