Healthy communities possess vibrant and diverse institutions that serve the public good. These institutions range from health and human welfare agencies such as food banks, homeless shelters and health clinics to museums, libraries and universities. The Abbott Fund supports creative programs that address unmet needs of local communities. When natural disasters and emergencies strike communities, the Abbott Fund responds with grants to trusted humanitarian relief partners. Grants are directed to both immediate needs and longer-term reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts.
Feeding Chronically Hungry Schoolchildren
Many children rely on free or reduced-priced school lunches for basic nutrition, but who feeds them during weekends and school vacations? We provide major support for Feeding America’s BackPack Program, designed to feed hungry kids when other resources aren’t available.
Expanding Access to Quality Health Care
Although Lake County, Illinois, is one of America’s wealthiest, more than 30 percent of its population – some 180,000 people – are underinsured or have no health insurance. Fortunately, they can depend on HealthReach, a not-for-profit organization that operates the county’s only free health clinics.
Investing in Community Health
In order to help fight the childhood obesity epidemic, the Abbott Fund, in conjunction with the Chicago Park District and Parkways Foundation, launched the first Wellness Center Program in the Edgewater and Humboldt Park communities. The centers provide year-round nutrition and fitness programming for some of the city's most underserved neighborhoods.
Educating U.S. Latinos About Diabetes Management
Backed by a grant from the Abbott Fund, the American Diabetes Association has introduced a new diabetes toolkit designed specifically for Latino communities, with comprehensive and culturally relevant information on the disease and healthy living.