GlaxoSmithKline, which has about 1,000 employees in the Navy Yard, said Thursday it would give $5 million to nonprofit organizations with programs designed to help children in Philadelphia eat healthier food and exercise more.
The members of the collective, with their Twitter handle, are:
The announcement was made at The Free Library's fourth-floor renovated meeting room, which has a wonderful view of the city skyline. Across the hall is a new teaching kitchen to provide space for Philly kids to learn how to cook, with the hope being they will dish up for themselves and families healthy meals to help cut into the city's obesity rate.
(PhillyPharma readily admits to bias in this case, but Inquirer colleague Maureen Fitzgerald has done fabulous work in this realm. Her most-recent story on this, from Thursday's Inquirer, is here.)
"Healthy communities are the backbone of strong sustainable societies. That is why GSK has a long history of giving to the cities where we work and where we live," said Donna Altenpohl, GSK's vice president for U.S. public policy. "The $5 million IMPACT grant will amplify the great work already underway by these exemplary local nonprofits to help middle and high school students embrace healthy lifestyles and lead the way for a healthier Philadelphia."
Altenpohl was among the 300 area employees involved in fast-tracking the development, testing and manufacturing of GSK's Ebola vaccine candidate that was started with the National Institutes of Health. An August Inquirer story on that is here.
Other speakers included Mayor Nutter, Larry Beaser, a Blank Rome partner and chairman of the board of managers for the Philadelphia Foundation, and Yael Lehmann, executive director of The Food Trust.