Insurance giant Humana has announced the three Houston non-profit finalists for its $100,000 Humana Communities Benefit grant.
Recipe for Success Foundation, HOPE Clinic, and Elves & More are all in the running for the grant, which was created to help non-profits "create new programs or enhance ongoing activities focused on improving health experiences or building healthy communities..."
Recipe for Success is "dedicated to combating childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food." This is done through a number of educational programs, such as "Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education," "Eat It! Food Adventures," and "Hope Farms."
HOPE, which stands for "Helpong Other People Through Encouragement," is health care center that aims to fill the gap "for culturally and linguistically comprehensive primary care services, expecially for the Asian immigrant and Asian-American population of Houston."
Contrary to our original belief, Elves & More does not provide charitable services to elves, nor does it provide elves free of charge to people who cannot bake their own delicious fudge-striped treats; it gives bicycles to at-risk school kids who improve their grades. The organization believes that "bicycles give children the two wheels they need to get out of the neighborhood and go to places where caring adults can become their mentors and role models."
According to a Humana press release, "a panel of local judges, comprised of community leaders, public officials and business representatives, will work with Humana" to select the winner, which will be announced Sept. 23. Last year's winner was Star of Hope.