The Menorah Legacy Foundation was founded in 2003 and evolved from the original Menorah Medical Center Foundation. While no longer affiliated with Menorah Hospital, it is the goal of the Foundation to perpetuate the philanthropic spirit of the Menorah Medical Center Foundation, to be mindful of and act in accordance with the Jewish heritage of our Foundation's history and to maintain flexibility in our purpose in response to changes in healthcare needs and new ways to serve those needs.
Making Healthy Foods Accessible and Affordable
Before 2010, those who relied upon federal food assistance (formerly called food stamps) were not able to use their benefits to purchase fresh, healthy foods at local farmers' markets. In addition, most low-income neighborhoods do not have grocery stores that carry fresh foods, whole grains and lean meats. The USDA estimates that the Kansas City area has at least 50,000 persons on food stamps that do not have cars and live two or more miles from the nearest grocery store. Instead, the closest sources of groceries are convenience stores that sell cheap, but nutrient-deficient packaged food.
|Nourishing Neighborhoods with Local Produce|
Concerned by this disparity, the Menorah Legacy Foundation convened a broad coalition of partners to implement the Kansas City Beans&Greens Program. Beans&Greens provides area farmers' markets with the technology needed to accept food stamps and gives low-income families a financial incentive to purchase healthy foods. Low-income consumers receive a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $25 per visit, when buying fresh foods from the attached participating Farmers Markets List. This year, Beans&Greens added a Mobile Market, a farmers' market on wheels, which makes weekly visits to three 'food desert' neighborhoods.