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Call for Proposals - Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Grant

3/2/2012  8:00 am

The Family Resiliency Center announces the release of the Request for Proposals for the FY13 Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Grants.   The mission of the Food and Family Program is to build positive connections between food and family life in order to promote healthy eating, preserve family traditions, and build stronger relationships with an emphasis on children and youth.  This call is open to faculty in the Department of Human and Community Development and/or faculty affiliated with the Family Resiliency Center.   In 2012 we expect to fund up to two proposals for up to two years at a maximum of $30,000 each year ($60,000 total). 

An informational meeting will be held on Thursday, March 8 from Noon-1:00 pm in the Studio (Room 1009) in Christopher Hall.  Lunch will be provided.  RSVP are required by March 6 to Andrea Fierro at 244-3967 or

Research priorites this year include:  evidence based programming that builds strong connections between early care providers and homes for healthy eating and active living; studies that build a strong evidence base linking the family environment, media, and children's food consumption; and studies that build a strong evidence base linking the family environment, the built environment, and children's physical activity levels.

For more information about the RFP including application information click here.  For more information contact Dr. Barbara H. Fiese at or (217) 244-3967.

Resiliency is defined as the ability of families to meet life’s daily challenges and thrive.  The Food and Family Program takes a strengths-based approach to life’s challenges.  We believe that the most effective programming is built on the assets that each family brings to the table.   FRC’s evidence-based programming will be one of the first collective efforts in the nation to demonstrate that a strengths-based approach connecting food and family can improve health, promote well- being, and contribute to family resiliency.  Current research projects include a program aimed at reducing childhood obesity in Spanish-speaking families, an evaluation of the impact of the BackPack Program, and a project that is looking to develop a health and nutrition curriculum and assessment for low-income, African-American mothers of preschoolers who live in impoverished Chicago neighborhoods.  More information on these projects can be found at