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File #: 2389-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 9/13/2021 In control: Health & Human Services Committee
On agenda: 9/27/2021 Final action: 9/29/2021
Title: To authorize and direct the appropriation of $25,000.00 within the Neighborhood Initiatives Fund; to authorize the expenditure of $20,000.00 from the Health Special Revenue Fund and $25,000.00 from the Neighborhood Initiatives Fund to pay The Columbus Foundation, Foundation for Columbus Public Health, for the management of the 2022 Community Gardening Projects; and to declare an emergency. ($45,000.00)
Attachments: 1. 2389-2021 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 Special Revenue 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 $25,000.00.

The purpose of this ordinance is to appropriate $25,000.00 in the Neighborhood Initiatives Fund and to authorize the total expenditure of $45,000.00 from the Health Operating Fund ($20,000.00) and the Neighborhood Initiatives Fund ($25,000.00) for the payment of $45,000.00 to The Columbus Foundation, Foundation for Columbus Public Health for the management of the 2022 Community Gardening Project.

The City’s Community Garden Initiative supports the City’s effort to build a fair and sustainable food system. As part of the Local Food Action Plan, community gardens improve access and education for healthy, affordable, and local food. But beyond improving food access, community gardens provide the space for powerful neighborhood-level social change. Since 2010, Columbus City Council has supported 311 gardens with funding over $340,000. In 2020, 31 gardens were supported by this grant including 1 new community garden. In an effort to promote equitable healthy food access and social support networks, 74% of funded gardens were located in CelebrateOne priority neighborhoods in 2020.
The Foundation 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...

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