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LISC’s approach to improving health is holistic. We promote affordable housing, neighborhood safety, quality education, job skills development and financial stability—all of which factor into the health and wellbeing of a community.
A healthy food initiative that is on the verge of expanding to city-wide is the Lincoln Park Fair Food Access Campaign. Working with multiple partners including Zeitgeist and Blue Cross Blue Shield, we are helping neighborhood residents develop and expand sources of wholesome, affordable foods—like grocery stores, farmer’s markets, and community gardens. The programs we support, such as Lincoln Park Children & Family Collaborative is educating community members about nutrition and empowering residents to advocate for healthy eating in their own families and neighborhoods.
Our collaborations with the NFL Foundation “Grassroots” program helped install indoor practice and playing field at the multi-use Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Sports Center.
The residents of Lincoln Park saw the Sports Center as an integral economic and recreational opportunity,” says Pam Kramer, executive director of Duluth LISC. “Thanks to the Minnesota Vikings and NFL, we are thrilled to accept this $200,000 grant contributing to the overall development of a multipurpose center for neighborhood and area youth.”