Two Tri-City nonprofit groups received grants from the 2012 ConAgra Foods Foundation Nourish Our Community Awards.
Junior Achievement of Greater Tri-Cities received $16,500 to support its middle grades financial education programs in the Pasco School District. The grant will help reach almost 11,000 students with hands-on, interactive materials that explain how our economy works. Individual lessons include how to find and keep a job, make good personal economic choices and the role business plays in our lives.
The second grant of $5,950 went to YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities and will be used to expand its Healthy Start Program in Pasco. The money will be used to provide healthy after-school snacks to children attending programs at the Martin Luther King Center.
The number of children participating in the programs varies day by day, said Steve Howland, executive director of the YMCA.
"A slow day is 50 to 100, up to 200 when we're busy during soccer season," he said.