November 15, 2013
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Project REWARDS students at Winn-Dixie No. 1472 in New Orleans. ​

Winn-Dixie stores in New Orleans’ District No. 5 are teaming up with Saints player Malcolm Jenkins to help inner-city youth and to address community needs.

Store No. 1472 kicked off the partnership with The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF) by teaching local high school students about healthy living and budgeting their money.

Winn-Dixie and TMJF are working together to support the inner-city community, an area where education and health are critical issues.

“We are so excited to partner with Winn-Dixie for this program,” said Gwendolyn V. Jenkins, president of TMJF. “Through our partnership with Winn-Dixie, we will continue to make health a priority for youth in New Orleans.”

TMJF was founded in 2010 by New Orleans Saints Free Safety Malcolm Jenkins and offers character-building programs for underserved youth. The programs are designed to enhance leadership abilities, education and life skills while emphasizing health and wellness.

Winn-Dixie is hosting a series of sessions that include hands-on nutrition tours and interactive exercises geared towards educating students on how to shop for healthier foods, prepare more nutritious meals and master valuable life skills. Sessions began on Nov. 1, and students learned about the benefits of juicing in a demonstration hosted by local health enthusiast Stephanie Osborne. On Nov. 8, nearly 30 high school students learned about budgeting, healthy eating and smart shopping.

“This is a great partnership opportunity for Winn-Dixie,” said Karena Niblett, New Orleans Region Vice President. “We are hoping to make a positive impact on the community by working with TMJF to help students in New Orleans make healthier choices.”

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