WHIPPANY, NJ–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bayer Fund, the philanthropic arm of Bayer in the United States, is proud to announce today that it has provided a total of $8.2 million in grants, covering 2,085 organizations, during the first semester of 2022. As part of Bayer’s broader vision of ensuring health for all, hunger for no one, each Bayer Fund grant is directed towards programs that help solve some of the country’s greatest challenges – and the world – including access to food and nutrition, STEM education and health and well-being.
“As one of the nation’s leading life sciences companies, Bayer is committed to improving the health and quality of life of people around the world – that means supporting organizations that, just as Bayer does, are tackling some of the greatest challenges facing the world,” said Al Mitchell, Chairman of the Bayer Fund. “This support goes beyond a simple donation. access to nutritious food or support the development of high-quality STEM education, we strive to help deliver real and lasting impact to communities across the United States that embodies the three fundamental pillars of the Bayer Fund; Food and nutrition, STEM, and health and wellness.”
Three organizations recognized for their philanthropic grantmaking work by the Bayer Fund are Operation Food Search (Food and Nutrition), Chabot Space & Science (STEM) and the Cancer Bridges Foundation (Health and Wellness).
Food and nutrition
Bayer Fund supports high quality food and nutrition programs that aim to ensure access to healthy and nutritious food. These programs support underserved communities, rural communities and families in need.
Operation Food Search (OFS), based in St. Louis, MO, has received a $212,500 grant to support its initiative, Fresh RX: Nourishing Healthy Starts Program. Fresh Rx, an innovative “food as medicine” program, targets one of the most crucial demographic groups: pregnant women.
“Bayer Fund deeply understands the complex work we do,” said Jocelyn Fundoukos, director of communications at OFS. “With their support, Operation Food Search can go beyond addressing the immediate need for food insecurity in our community, into innovative spaces like nutrition education that leads to healthier lives for the people we serve and advocacy that creates long-term solutions. We are grateful for their generosity. »
The Bayer Fund’s focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education includes grants for organizations offering high-quality STEM education programs that empower students and teachers.
The Chabot Space & Science Center, which serves Oakland, California and the Greater Bay Area, received a $100,000 grant. This STEM-based program provides opportunities for 50 students in the Oakland Unified School District. Students will benefit from intensive mentoring, enrichment opportunities, and support in developing an individual STEM plan that emphasizes skill building through project-based learning in a particular path such as engineering and computer science.
“With the generous support of the Bayer Fund, this project connects learning and career opportunities at our local school district partners, community colleges and businesses to create a tangible pathway for Oakland students into STEM careers. “said Adam Tobin, Executive Director of Chabot Space & Science Center.
The Bayer Fund’s Health and Wellness pillar focuses on patients and their families who need help managing cardiovascular disease and cancer. This support includes funding for educational programs, awareness and support services for their illnesses.
The Cancer Bridges organization, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received a $50,000 grant for the “Happy Feet” program and the “Living Life Post Cancer Treatment” program.
“By supporting Cancer Bridges’ health and wellness initiatives, the Bayer Fund helps improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by a cancer diagnosis,” says Stephanie Ciranni, CEO of Cancer Bridges. “This vital grant enables Cancer Bridges to provide free health and wellness programs including Happy Feet, a seven-week program for those looking to start or maintain physical movement and mental health, a nine-week survival for those who have completed cancer treatment, and additional wellness activities such as yoga, reiki and nutrition classes. We are grateful for the support of the Bayer Fund in providing essential support services to those managing a cancer diagnosis.
In 2021, the Bayer Fund awarded more than $13.1 million to more than 3,400 charities and nonprofits to help meet basic needs in food and nutrition, STEM education, and lifelong learning. health and wellbeing. Over the past five years, nonprofits across the United States have received more than $75 million.
About the Bayer Fund
Bayer Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by funding food and nutrition, education and community development projects . For more information, visit https://www.fund.bayer.us.
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