Jefferson Community Foundation


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Jefferson County emergency shelter residents and their children at the Dove House will have the opportunity to incorporate unprocessed vegetables, fruits, and whole grains into their diets, thanks to the 2016-17 Grant from the Fund for Women and Girls.

The $6000 grant which will be awarded in January, 2017, will provide shelter residents the opportunity to prepare, eat, and learn how to obtain affordable ingredients for meals made from whole, unprocessed foods. They will receive a ‘Recipe of the Month Planner’ and be able to share a ‘safe meal’ experience with their family.

In 2014 the Jefferson County Department of Public Health and Jefferson Healthcare rated healthy diet as one of the “top issues” identified in a countywide assessment. The assessment revealed that only 29% of adults and 1 in 3 youth in Jefferson County eat the recommended daily quantities of fruits and vegetables. For women and their children living in a dangerous home environment, it is often very difficult to make healthy choices around food. The security of the Dove House Emergency Shelter allows a safe place where these women and their children can begin to rebuild a positive relationship with food, and their bodies.

“The Fund for Women and Girls could not be happier to award the 2016-17 grant o the Dove House for their Healthy Meals Program, “ says Debbi Steele,  Chairperson of the Fund for Women and Girls. “It fits perfectly with our vision to provide an environment where women and girls in Jefferson County are safe, secure, and free from discrimination so they can reach their full potential. “

The Fund for Women and Girls is a field of interest fund of Jefferson County Community Foundation (JCCF). JCCF was started in 2005 to strengthen our community through engaged philanthropy. To learn more about JCCF and/or the Fund for Women and Girls, go to