Mid-America Transplant Services Announces $100,000 in Grants to Improve Access to Healthier Foods in St. Louis and Springfield, MO

Posted March 30, 2015 in News Category

img7371croppedSt. Louis, MO – April 1, 2015: The Mid-America Transplant Services charitable foundation will award up to 10 one-time grants of $10,000 to nonprofit organizations in the St. Louis or Springfield, MO region for projects aimed at increasing healthy food distributed to food pantries and agencies. These grants further invest in our communities through support of wellness programs. The foundation seeks to reduce incidences of chronic health conditions, so the need for organ transplantation is likewise reduced.

“This is a new opportunity for our foundation to collaborate on community health issues and improve health in the communities we serve,” said MTS President and CEO Dean F. Kappel. “It’s a continuation of our commitment to share our expertise and resources to strengthen our communities.”

The foundation will award the grants in July of 2015. Applications are available on the MTS website and are due June 12, 2015.

“Our goal through the grant processes is to align the resources available to these communities and to drive change in the health of residents,” added R.J. Crunk, executive director of the foundation. “We know obesity is a leading cause of diabetes and hypertension, which can lead to kidney failure and the need for transplant. Through these grant opportunities, we hope to reduce the occurrences of these diseases, and, in turn, reduce the need for transplantation.”  

This is the second round of community grants made available by the MTS foundation in 2015. As many as 20 one-time grants of $5,000 will be awarded this month to nonprofit groups with a focus on reducing childhood obesity.      

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About MTS
Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS) saves and improves lives through organ and tissue donations. For more than 40 years it has facilitated and coordinated organ and tissue donation, and now serves 84 counties covering eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and northeast Arkansas that together are homes to 4.7 million people. It saves lives by providing expert and compassionate care. It was the first such organization in the US to use an in-house operating room for organ recovery and pioneered innovative models of increasing donor registry enrollment in an effort to provide organs and tissues to those in need. It is federally designated and one of 58 such organizations in the US. 

About the MTS foundation
´╗┐The MTS charitable foundation provides enhanced support to transplant patients, donor families and the community. It seeks to reduce the need for organ and tissue transplantation; increase the availability of organs and tissues for those who need them; and to improve the lives of recipients and donor families. The foundation provides programming, develops partnerships and provides community wellness grants to organizations that support its mission of improving health through disease prevention, education and successful transplantation.


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