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"The ISA Foundation, operated by Gilbert-based Isagenix International, has handed out 601,000 in grants in its latest funding cycle"

The ISA Foundation, operated by Gilbert-based Isagenix International, has handed out 601,000 in grants in its latest funding cycle to groups as close as the Heritage District and others as far away as the Caribbean.

The grants, which bring the foundation’s total value of its philanthropic support to $2.5 million, helped 21 American nonprofits with projects ranging from nourishing food-insecure families to assisting communities after natural disasters.

Ranging from $5,000 to $100,000, the grants helped nonprofits such the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, a New Orleans group that aims to “inspire, mentor and enable youth to reach their full potential through culinary, nutrition, and arts education.” 

“The ISA Foundation’s $33,000 grant will support a new program to teach healthy living habits to fatherless youth in New Orleans,” a foundation spokeswoman said.

IDEA Public Schools in Texas received a $40,000 grant to expand a farming program that teaches kids how to grow and eat locally grown, healthy food.

The foundation also gave a grant to HD SOUTH, the Gilbert history museum.

Partnership for a Healthier America in Washington, D.C., – which helps impoverished children learn healthy eat habits to avoid medical complications later in life – received a $50,000 foundation grant to expand a fresh food initiative that seeks to “uplift the health and well-being of food-insecure children and families nationwide by providing more fresh food in food banks.”

 “Each grant cycle has brought tremendous nonprofit organizations to our attention, allowing us to partner with people who are as passionate as we are about providing much-needed assistance to communities around the world,” said Isagenix Chief Legal Officer and ISA Foundation board member, Justin Powell. 

Since its inception in 2018, the ISA Foundation has given financial support to organizations “that align with the foundation’s focus on healthy nutrition and support for underserved children, wellness education for all, and aid for those affected by natural disasters,” the spokeswoman said.

The next round of funding will be announced in July and grant applications will be sought between March 15 and April 15.

The ISA Foundation is also helping others through sales of IsaKids Super Smoothie, a nutritious snack. For each bag sold, Isagenix donates one meal to a child in need through the foundation. 

So far, nearly 72,000 meals have been donated, including 7,192 meals from a special “buy one, donate two” promotion during the product’s launch in August.

The foundation is also supporting volunteer initiatives, including a recent service trip with one of its first grant recipients, SERV International, a Georgia-based nonprofit that uses food as a catalyst to transform lives. 

Isagenix International, which was established in 2002, sells systems for weight loss, performance, vitality and well-being, personal care and beauty and financial wellness​. It boasts of a half-million customers worldwide and more than 100 products, packs and systems globally.