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Independence Blue Cross Foundation and Garces Foundation help kids eat healthy

By May 19, 2015September 22nd, 2016News

Fifth graders from Montgomery County and Philadelphia visit Chef Jose Garces’ Luna Farm

Philadelphia, PA – May 19, 2015


The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (The Foundation) and Garces Foundation, a Foundation Healthy Futures Initiative “Eat Right” partner, are hosting an event at The Garces Luna Farm for 60 fifth graders from St. Joseph the Protector School in Montgomery County and St. Gabriel School in Philadelphia. Students will visit Luna Farm in Bucks County to see, smell, taste, touch, and hear first-hand how fresh, healthy eating can improve their health. Celebrity Chef Jose Garces will lead the students in a cooking class after they have harvested ingredients from the farm gardens.

Healthy Futures initiative is a three-year, nearly $3 million comprehensive, collaborative approach to combating obesity and improving child wellness in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Healthy Futures focuses on three components of healthy living — “Eat Right,” “Get Fit” and “Stay Well” — each brought to life in area schools through partnerships with national and regional leaders with expertise in nutrition, fitness, and preventative health. Launched in August 2013, Healthy Futures offers programming in 25 regional schools, directly affecting more than 1,000 students and their families.

As part of “Eat Right,” the Garces Foundation will educate children about the nutritional benefits of sustainable agriculture, meal preparation, and healthy eating. The Garces Foundation, founded in 2012 by Chef Jose and Dr. Beatriz Mirabal Garces, is devoted to making Philadelphia the best place to live, work, and play by seeing that all residents have access to the care they need. The Garces Foundation’s goal is to connect people to the many resources that already exist within the city.


Tuesday, May 19, 10 a.m.


The Garces Luna Farm
39 Park Rd.
Ottsville, PA 18942


Jose Garces, Chef and cofounder of the Garces Foundation
50 fifth graders from St. Joseph the Protector School and St. Gabriel School
Lorina Marshall-Blake, Independence Blue Cross Foundation president

Key Visuals

Students Exploring Luna Farm
Jose Garces and kids preparing food, touring the gardens

About the Independence Blue Cross Foundation:
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is a charitable, private foundation, whose mission is leading solutions for a healthier community. The Foundation targets the following areas of impact:

  • Securing the Blue Safety Net:Achieving sustainability of the regional safety net by building capacity in health centers.
  • Bolstering the Health Care Workforce:Advancing the education and professional development of nurses and nurse leaders.
  • Addressing Health Priorities:Addressing national health trends locally through community-driven research.
  • Building Healthy Communities:Driving wellness by targeting specific and diverse community health needs.

Learn more by visiting our website: Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on Twitter and Instagram at @ibxfdn.

Media Contact
Ruth Stoolman
Independence Blue Cross
215-241-4807 (office)
610-667-9537 (cell)

Independence Blue Cross Foundation Team

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is leading a future for equitable health in our communities and nation. The IBC Foundation’s grant programs and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Institute for Health Equity are advancing three areas of impact: Access to Care, the Healthcare Workforce, and Health Equity. Since inception the IBC Foundation’s most important stakeholder – the community – has been at the center of the work. By the end of 2023, the IBC Foundation will have awarded grants totaling more than $80 million to support nonprofits and research improving the health and well-being of communities in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Learn more by visiting our website: Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on LinkedIn.