Ben D. Johnson Educational Center Receives $15,000 Grant from Newman’s Own Foundation
Ben D. Johnson Educational Center has been awarded a $15,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. The award to Ben D. Johnson Educational Center was made by Newman’s Own Foundation as part of its commitment to address issues of fresh food access and nutrition education.
The grant to Ben D. Johnson Educational Center will be used to create a year-round Green Market providing west Natchitoches with increased access to fresh, locally produced food. The market is a component of the programming under development at 400 MLK Jr. Drive, a space that has a history of providing educational opportunities and support for area residents.
The Ben D. Johnson Educational Center was founded to honor the legacy of a man who provided economic, educational, and social support to Natchitoches. As important as his business accomplishments were- his holdings represented one of the largest minority-owned enterprises in the state- Mr. Johnson’s lifelong commitment to his community is his true legacy.
Claire Prymus, founder and Board Chair, “the Ben D. Johnson Educational Center is grateful for this generous financial support that will help us bring positive change to the entire community through food-based social enterprise.”
The mission of Ben D. Johnson Educational Center is to build community in Natchitoches and give access to social and economic success for all of its residents.
Founded by Claire Prymus in honor of her late uncle, the Ben D. Johnson Educational Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a commitment to building community and providing access and opportunities for residents in Natchitoches, Louisiana.