Horace Mann Awards Grant To Kids Healthy Foods Distribution Program

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (October 9, 2019) - Horace Mann awarded Central Illinois Foodbank a $25,000 grant on Wednesday for its Kids Healthy Foods Distribution Program. The grant will allow the Foodbank to offer a pilot program delivering milk weekly and eggs monthly to Harvard Park Elementary students and their families (this will be in addition to the fresh produce already being delivered weekly).

“We have a belief that healthy children make healthy learners and that makes the classroom experience the best experience it can be,” said Horace Mann President & CEO Marita Zuraitis. “So we’re really happy to provide this grant.”

Ninety-two percent of the children at Harvard Park are considered low income, and this grant will provide 345 students milk and eggs monthly . Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools Jennifer Gill said these types of partnerships help improve the community we live in. “Milk and eggs are the backbone of many meals, but especially breakfast. We know a healthy breakfast is associated with cognitive functioning, including memory, reduced absenteeism and improved moods and behavior. Our Harvard Park families are thankful to receive these goods and the benefits they provide,” said Gill.

Central Illinois Foodbank Executive Director Pam Molitoris says giving children and their families fresh produce, eggs and milk provides the tools to create filling, nutritious meals. “We hope to see children start thinking about what they eat and how eating well is good for their bodies and minds.”

Molitoris said the Foodbank will be measuring the pilot’s success. The Foodbank’s goal is to educate children about healthy food choices and to increase their productivity in school.


Bree Hankins
Coordinator of Public Relations and Marketing
Springfield School District 186

Michelle Eccles
Public Relations Manager
Horace Mann
(217) 788-5394

Ashley Earnest
Public Relations Manager
Central Illinois Foodbank
(217) 522-4022

About Horace Mann
Horace Mann (Horace Mann Educators Corp. (NYSE:HMN)) is the largest financial services company focused on providing America’s educators and school employees with insurance and retirement solutions. Founded by Educators for Educators® in 1945, the company is headquartered in Springfield, Illinois. For more information about the company, visit horacemann.com.

About Central Illinois Foodbank
Central Illinois Foodbank, established in 1982, distributes 9 million pounds of food annually to over 160 food pantries, soup kitchens, residential programs and after-school programs in a 21-county region. Central Illinois Foodbank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization. The mission of the Foodbank is to provide food, and develop awareness of and creative solutions for food insecurity.

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