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VACU Supports The Dr. Yum Project, Local Nonprofit Focused on Healthy Food

Virginia Credit Union has made a $2,500 contribution to the Dr. Yum Project, a Spotsylvania County-based non-profit organization that is transforming the lives of families through the connection between food and overall health.

The contribution follows the recommendation of an advisory council of Virginia Credit Union members from the Fredericksburg area.

In response to growing rates of childhood obesity, in 2011 Pediatrician Nimali Fernando MD, MPH started a website to teach patients and families about the benefits of healthy eating. What started out as a recipe and parenting site grew to a larger project of teaching healthy lifestyles to the greater community. Today the Dr. Yum Project operates a demonstration kitchen adjacent to the medical practice where it prepares healthy meals, provides health and nutrition education programs, offers recipes and curriculum resources to schools and preschools, and shares information with families through a website, blog and social media outreach. Additional information about the Dr. Yum Project, including recipes and family meal ideas, is available at https://doctoryum.org/.

Members of the Fredericksburg Advisory Council for Virginia Credit Union along with Pediatrician Nimali Fernando (foreground) and volunteers with the Dr. Yum Project.
Members of the Fredericksburg Advisory Council for Virginia Credit Union along with Pediatrician Nimali Fernando (foreground) and volunteers with the Dr. Yum Project.

A financial cooperative serving more than 285,000 members, Virginia Credit Union offers a variety of affordable banking services, loans, mortgages, and free financial education resources, with a focus on helping people be more confident with their finances. Virginia Credit Union is an equal housing opportunity lender and is federally insured by NCUA.

Media Contact: Glenn Birch | glenn.birch@vacu.org | (804) 560-5664