The Objective

Support changes in policy, systems, and neighborhoods to foster healthy eating and active living for low-income people in Marin.

The Issue

Marin faces several issues in this area. First, low-income residents have very limited access to fresh, affordable and healthy food. Second, these residents also have lower levels of physical activity and less access to green space than middle-to-high-income residents. Inequitable access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities contributes to disparities in health behaviors and health outcomes.

Our Approach

We can begin to leverage the growing momentum of healthy eating and active living initiatives. In partnership with other funders, we will develop strategies to drive policy and systems change in healthy eating and active living. We will focus on building the capacity of County and community organizations to drive policy and systems change in Marin, as well as building the capacity of resident leaders and advocates to effectively lead healthy eating and active living efforts.  This initiative will focus on improving the nutrition and physical activity environments of child care settings serving children ages 0-3 and settings impacting older adults.


An invitation-only proposal for Healthy Eating & Active Living focused on child care opened for invitations on March 6, 2017, and proposals were due by April 7, 2017. A decision is expected in June 2017.

An open RFP for Healthy Eating & Active Living focused on older adults will open on October 16, 2017; proposals will be due November 16. The RFP will be available here.

Current Grantees

  • Marin Child Care Council
  • Episcopal Senior Communities
  • Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative 
  • Marin City Health and Wellness Center 
  • Marin City Community Services District

Reports & Resources


Older Adults, Healthy Eating Active Living Needs Assessment, March 2016

Courtesy of Marin Community Foundation and Harder + Company Community Research

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For questions regarding this initiative, please contact

Shirin Vakharia

Director for Health & Aging