HHS Announces $650 Million Recovery Act Community Prevention Initiative
On Wednesday, September 17, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the first part of its prevention initiative, Communities Putting Prevention to Work, a $373 million initiative that will be lead by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The funding is a part of the $650 million that was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for community prevention and wellness activities (the remaining funding will be announced at a later date). The $373 million, which will be used to promote physical activity, improve nutrition, decrease obesity, and decrease smoking in U.S. communities, will be awarded to communities through a competitive selection process. For additional information regarding the program, visit the HHS website at: http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/. For specifics about applying for the funding, visit: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=GFPsKy6czLkTJbsxLfSPn1WPLG1yRNxJrJpbfbnpsNbb7dQvM7vS!1798842873?oppId=49571&mode=VIEW. Applications for funding are due by 5 pm EST on December 1, 2009.
So many Americans are now using food stamps that more and more chain stores have begun accepting them, rather than lose these customers to economic hardship. New or expanded recipients include Target, CVS, 7-11, Costco, BJ’s and Sam’s Club.