Family Resiliency Center | Illinois


Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Program


The Food and Family Program's mission is to build positive connections between food and family life in order to promote healthy eating, preserve family traditions, and build stronger relationships with an emphasis on children and youth. The Food and Family Program takes a strengths-based approach to life's challenges and believes that the most effective programming is built on the assets that each family brings to the table.

Call for Proposals

The Family Resiliency Center announces faculty seed grant funding through the Food and Family Program. Three proposals of up to $50,000 each are expected to be funded. An informational brown bag meeting about the program will be held on Monday, February 1 at 12:00 p.m. in the Christopher Hall Studio.

There are three funding priorities in this call for proposals:

  • The intersection between individual biology and family relationships to promote healthy development. These proposals should aim to connect how biological factors such genetic risk, the microbiome, or physiological reactivity may interact with family relationships to promote healthy development associated with diet quality and/or access to food.
  • Family and household factors that contribute to persistence of food insecurity above and beyond household income. Proposals in this priority area may address such issues as why some low income households are not food insecure, how household budgets are managed in food insecure households, and how chronic health conditions affect household food insecurity.
  • Immigrant health, family relationships, and diet quality. Proposals in this priority area should address how family relationships may be used to strengthen immigrant health in the face of changing dietary habits. Attention to risk for chronic health disease, including obesity and diabetes, should be included in these proposals.
  • Proposals are due march 31, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Click here for application information.

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    Click here to view the informational brown bag held on Monday, February 1st.

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