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File #: 0416-2017    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 2/10/2017 In control: Health & Human Services Committee
On agenda: 3/27/2017 Final action: 3/29/2017
Title: To authorize and direct the appropriation of $10,000.00 within the Neighborhood Initiatives Fund; to authorize the expenditure of $20,000.00 from the Health Operating Fund and $10,000.00 from the Neighborhood Initiatives Fund to pay The Columbus Foundation, Foundation for Active Living, for the management of the 2017 Community Gardening Projects; and to declare an emergency. ($30,000.00)
Attachments: 1. 2017 Garden Grants ORD attachment
Explanation

BACKGROUND: The City of Columbus health statistics show an increase in disease associated with obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. To encourage healthy and active living Columbus Public Health has budgeted $20,000.00 in the Health Operating Fund for making grants to non-profit organizations for community gardening projects. City Council wishes to support this project and has made available in the Neighborhood Initiatives Fund an additional $10,000.00.

The purpose of this ordinance is to appropriate $10,000.00 in the Neighborhood Initiatives Fund and to authorize the total expenditure of $30,000.00 from the Health Operating Fund ($20,000.00) and the Neighborhood Initiatives Fund ($10,000.00) for the payment of $30,000.00 to The Columbus Foundation, Foundation for Active Living for the management of the 2017 Community Gardening Project.

The City’s Community Garden Initiative supports the City’s effort to build a fair and sustainable food system. As one part of the Local Food Action Plan, gardens also improve access and education related to healthy, affordable, local food. Since 2010, Columbus City Council has supported 186 gardens with funding of $131,280. In 2016, 12 of these gardens harvested 10,000 pounds of produce with the help of more than 700 volunteers.

The Foundation for Active Living is a donor-advised fund that was established by the Columbus Board of Health with The Columbus Foundation in 2008 under the authority of Ordinance No. 1210-2008, approved by City Council on July 14, 2008. Ordinance No. 0493-2011, approved by City Council on April 4, 2011, amended the agreement with The Columbus Foundation by authorizing The Columbus Foundation, Foundation for Active Living to accept funds from the City.

This ordinance is submitted as an emergency so as to allow this appropriation and the expenditure to be received by The Columbus Foundation, Foundation for Active Living as soon as possible for the development of community gar...

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