The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation recently granted $1.6 million to nonprofit organizations that support health- and wellness-related causes, including the Council for Jews With Special Needs.

CJSN received a $3,500 grant for a computer-based program called Nessy, which helps children with learning disabilities increase their reading skills using a multisensory approach. The grant funds the software, as well as training for a CJSN specialist and teachers. CJSN recently started using the program with students at the Phoenix Hebrew Academy and is in discussion with Torah Day School of Phoenix and Desert Jewish Academy, according to Amy Hummel, CJSN executive director.

The foundation, which Sprouts Farmers Market launched in 2015, distributed $1.3 million in to nonprofit organizations in its first year. It focuses its giving on promoting health education and nutrition, food security and hunger relief, and helping people living with disabilities and health concerns. Through the foundation, Sprouts intends to increase its charitable giving and community engagement by creating partnerships with dozens of local nonprofits through its Neighborhood Grants program, fulfilling larger-scale Impact Grants and encouraging team member volunteerism.

The foundation will award more than $400,000 in Neighborhood Grants to 54 local organizations in the 13 states in which Sprouts operates.

“Through this grant program, we’re able to directly connect with local nonprofits that contribute to health and wellness, providing funding, visibility and awareness for their important work,” said Lyndsey Waugh, the foundation’s executive director, in a press release. “The grants are funded through our in-store ‘community round-up’ campaign, plus dollars from the foundation. It’s a great opportunity to partner with our team members and customers to support others on their healthy living journey.”

Other Arizona organizations that received a Neighborhood Grant are the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix, the Educational Enrichment Foundation, First Place AZ, Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus Pine Council and Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona.

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