Wayfield In The Community
Winning Women Award Event
Wayfield Foods is committed to our communities through local engagement. We strive to support and uplift organizations who are making strides in their philanthropic efforts, as well as an impact in their our surrounding areas through community engagement.
Wayfield Foods Community Outreach Coordinator, Tina Everhart, had the priviledge to attend the REMOVING THE BANDAGES Movement, “Winning Women” awards event. An event and program designed to recognize and support women and men who have overcome adversity via abuse, physical impairments and physical deformities. Their mission is to uplift and encourage women and men who have experience these life altering and traumatic events.
Wayfield worked alongside, founder (Sylinda Mumphrey) to help sponsor this award ceremony event to salute these women and men for their bravery and tenacity to over come these challenges.
Read Across America at Heritage Elementary
Wayfield Foods participates in the the READ ACROSS AMERICA program in partnership with Heritage Elementary School located in College Park, GA. This program was implemented in our local schools and community to engage young children through story books and encourage them to read.
Wayfield had the privilege of working alongside City of South Fulton Legislative Liaison to Councilman Reeves, Sondra Parham. This event was a surprise reunion for Ms. Parham and Ms. Everhart, our Community Outreach Director. They attended high school together.
Hosea Helps – MLK DAY Festival of Service
Wayfield Food had the opportunity to partner with the Hosea Helps Foundation to provide dinner for the homeless citizens of Atlanta on the Martin Luther King holiday for their 2020 “Festival of Services” event. This was a “Give Back” service day event which provided a variety of service such as: Free food, clothing, medical screening/care, legal services, barber and beauty servcies just to name a few, to homeless people who normally wouldn’t have access to resources and services like this.
Turkey Drive – KISS 104 & Hosea
This Thanksgiving Wayfield Foods partnered with Hosea Helps ans KISS 104 at our Wayfield stores for their annual Turkey, Food and Clothing drive! We had such an amazing turn out and support of the local community at each store for this food and donation drive!
Community Outreach Day
Wayfield Foods in collaboration with the Healing Community Center (a neighborhood health center) and the “Freinds of Collier” (neighborhood community avocates), came together to host a community outreach day which entailed health screening sign up and information about healthy living resources. referrals and upcoming events that will be available in our Wayfield Martin Luther King Store.
Morehouse School of Medicine & Healing Center
We were the host to the Morhouse School of Medicine and Healing Community Center Health Screening One Stop , where people located in our store communities had the opportunity to come and get their blood pressure, diabetes testing and heart health screenings done. This was set up in our stores and at the Healing Community Center to encounrage customer in the community to get screening to bring awareness to healthly lifestyle
Healthy Eating From Head to Toe
Wayfield was happy to be a proud sponsor of the Heathy Living Community festival for the adults and children of Collier Heights. We had a blast celebrating the day with the kids and helping them learn more about various ways to achieve healthy living through diet and exercise.
Community Parks and Recreation Advocate
Wayfield was in the community again supporting our neighborhood partner “Friends of Collier” as we petition the Atlanta Parks and Recreation Board to install new park playground and splash pad for our youth in the Collier Heights community!
Healthy Cities Leadership Academy
GE Corporation Awards Wayfield Foods as a part of the “Southwest Atlanta Coalition for Healthy Living” $25,000 to perform work in the community!
Emory University, Wayfield Foods and Healing Community Center Win Prize To Help Combat Diet-Related Disease.
A cross-functional, intra-organizational team made up of Emory University, Wayfield Foods and Healing Community Center was one of nine recipients who recently received a $25,000 grant from General Electric to collaboratively fight obesity, diabetes and other diet-related disease. This collaborative team, which includes Wayfield Foods, the Healing Community Center, the Office of the President of Emory, Emory Continuing Education, the Emory Urban Health Initiative, the Goizueta Business School and The Rollins School of Public Health, has taken on the name, “Southwest Atlanta Coalition for Healthy Living.” The prize will be used to create a program to engage members of the community in healthy eating and provide information and assistance in food preparation and preventative care.
The Southwest Atlanta Coalition for Healthy Living aims to improve health outcomes by linking services at Healing Community Center, founded by Emory/Grady physician Charles Moore, with nutrition and healthy eating programs at the Wayfield Foods located on Martin Luther King, Jr Drive. The coalition will train Wayfield employees to become Health Ambassadors by educating them on healthy eating and food preparation. The Healing Community Center will provide nutrition prescriptions for healthy foods to their HEAL patients. GE’s commitment to the effort includes mentorship and additional training for teams as they develop plans and execution.
At Wayfield, the Health Ambassadors will assist shoppers with making healthier food purchases, link them with other in-store programs and provide information on services at the Healing Community Center. HEAL patients will work with Wayfield Foods Health Ambassadors to fill their nutrition prescriptions and engage in in-store nutrition, health and cooking activities. Representatives from Emory will support the process through marketing, food labeling, training Health Ambassadors and monitoring and evaluating the program.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to build upon the work that we have started collectively in our community,” Moore said. “We have identified some of the pressing issues that we face and together we have developed a plan to address those issues.”
“This pilot project creates a continuum of care that reaches from the clinic into the community and back again,” added Amy Webb Girard, an assistant professor at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. “Engaging the community in healthy decision- making won’t stop when they leave the clinic. In creating a supportive environment within the community, we aim to make the healthier option the easier option.”
The focus area in Southwest Atlanta is one of the city’s most under-resourced. These neighborhoods, and others like them, have shortages of quality healthcare and resources to make healthy dietary decisions. More than half of the community’s population lives below the poverty line with 98 percent of its children qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Working in concert, the coalition will provide a holistic approach to educate and serve the area at the grocery store and health clinic — contextual centers for quality life change.
“Through this innovative program, we will be able to provide additional assistance to community members and patients in making healthy choices by reaching beyond the medical care setting to provide continuous support in their communities and in their day to day lives,” Moore said.
“GE is committed to enabling better health for more people through supporting the development and deployment of innovative population health strategies,” said Sue Siegel, CEO, GE Ventures. “Improving the health of a community is a complex effort that requires collaboration from many stakeholders. Each of the nine winning proposals brings in local businesses to help governments, foundations and private organizations more effectively develop and implement community health initiatives that truly make a lasting impact.”
The coalition expects to launch the program at Wayfield and HEALing Community Center in early 2017 and will be competing for an additional $250,000 in funding from GE next year.
Cooking Matters Grocery Store Tours
Wayfield Foods and Open Hand Cooking Matters have partnered up to offer educational grocery store tours. These tours teach various principles on how to shop for nutritional family meals for under $10 through a incentive called the “$10 Challenge” Participants in the tour learn about the 5 basic food groups, how to read food labels, and have to purchase.