The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF) announced today it has awarded $81,000 to local nonprofit organizations using innovative ways to increase time Georgia kids spend in physical activity and to increase access to affordable, healthy food.

The grants include $5,000 to the Atlanta Local Food Initiative (ALFI) for the 2012 Food System Summit, scheduled for tomorrow at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The grant is providing scholarships for residents and nonprofit to attend the event.

Summit participants will hear an update on ALFI’s Plan for Atlanta’s Sustainable Food Future. Summit sessions will focus on urban agriculture, procurement and distribution, and issues for health-care professionals.

“Connecting more Georgia farmers to more Georgia customers is good for our economy and good for the children and families who want more fresh fruits and vegetables,” said John Bare, vice president of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, of which the Falcons Youth Foundation is an affiliated fund. “ALFI Summit participants are finding creative ways to make this happen.”

AFYF’s latest round of grants also includes awards to:

Atlanta Track Club:
$60,000 over two years to deliver the Kilometer Kids youth running program, serving at least 3,000 Atlanta youth annually.

Atlanta Ballet:
$6,000 for the Centre Dance program, integrating dance classes into the standard academic curriculum for 1,500 students before, during and after-school.

Georgia Organics:
$10,000 for the 2013 statewide conference “Farm Rx: A Prescription for Better Health” featuring Dr. Sanjay Gupta as the keynote speaker and a screening of his documentary “The Last Heart Attack”

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