CHAMBERSBURG, Pa - Eleven grants were awarded to area programs from Summit Endowment to aid them in implementing or continuing programs to benefit the community.

Organizations receiving grants included: South Central Community Action Programs, Inc., Keystone Health -Behavioral Health, Shippensburg Produce & Outreach, Wilson College/Fulton Center for Sustainable Living, CONTACT Helpline, Mercersburg Area Council for Wellness (MacWell), Waynesboro Community and Human Services, Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition, House of Grace, and Renfrew Museum and Park.

The grant awarded to South Central Community Action Programs, Inc (SCCAP). will be used for The Gleaning Program to provide access to fresh fruits & vegetables from local farmers, orchards, etc. that are willing to donate their remaining crops to be gleaned so that they can be utilized at sites including the SCCAP food pantries throughout Franklin County, the Franklin County Homeless Shelter, soup kitchens, etc. for use by low-income community members.

Keystone Health's Behavioral Health program received two separate grant awards.

One grant will be used for a Behavioral Health Mentoring program. The grant will be used to develop a pilot project for 12 to15 adults, identified by Keystone Family Medicine and referred to Keystone Behavioral Health. The project will provide those adults with a level of advocacy/mentoring that will decrease the percent of people with a mental health condition who do not attend their first scheduled behavioral health appointment thereby increasing the number of people who receive mental health care.

A separate grant will be used by Keystone Health's Behavioral Health program for the Stress-Less for Healthy Living program. The grant is to be used to expand group therapy to help individuals with mental disorders deal with their illness and the stress it causes and develop positive life skills in the area of nutrition and fitness.

The grant awarded to Shippensburg Produce & Outreach will be used to to reduce food insecurity for low-income seniors who can not access local resources by providing fresh fruits and  vegetables in their neighborhoods; increasing residents access  to fresh local produce with higher nutritional values as part of the Senior Housing Site Delivery Project.

The grant awarded to Wilson College/Fulton Center for Sustainable Living will be used for Vegetable Literacy at Fulton Farm to expand curriculum specifically for children visiting Fulton Farm that addresses nutrition deficiencies, increases Vegetable Literacy and the daily intake of fresh fruits and vegetables for Franklin County children, especially our most vulnerable children.

The grant awarded to CONTACT Helpline will be used to help expand the 2-1-1 information phone line program, which provides access to health and human services information and support to those with mental health challenges.

The grant awarded to Mercersburg Area Council for Wellness (MacWell)'s Healthy Eating Adventure will be used to provide three Healthy Eating Adventures throughout the county, and monitor biometric data for participants.

The grant awarded to Waynesboro Community and Human Services will be used to expand and merge free community nursing in Washington Township and the Borough of Waynesboro to help individuals - especially those who are low-income, uninsured or underinsured manage their acute and chronic medical conditions in their homes.

The grant awarded to Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition will be used for the Summer Lunch Program at Katie's Place to expand quality social services and youth programs that are accessible and safe, including four health education field trips.

The grant awarded to House of Grace will be used to expand a variety of approaches to nutrition and exercise. The proposed program will address the multiple health issues experience by participants.

The grant awarded to Renfrew Museum and Park will be used for the Renfrew Walking Program to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for people with cardiovascular conditions to exercise via walking;  several options on walking trails and paths will be offered; trails will be marked and mapped. Participants will measure distances and record progress.

The mission of the Summit Endowment is to identify and address the communities' health needs and to encourage development of programs and activities of non-profit organizations that will measurably improve the health of people in the area.

If you are interested in applying for a Summit Endowment grant, contact Ann Spottswood, Summit Endowment Manager, at (717) 267-4861 or by email at To learn more about Summit Endowment, visit


Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community.

As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, two walk-in care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.

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Friday, August 1, 2014