NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 in partnership with the NBCUniversal Foundation announced Monday that three tri-state nonprofit organizations will receive $200,000 as part of the 21st Century Solutions grant challenge.
Brooklyn Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, which works to swap out frozen and processed produce with fresh fruits and vegetables grown in upstate New York, took home the top prize of $100,000 in the competition, which is in its fifth year.
Two other organizations, food rescue program Move For Hunger and after-school program Global Kids, each took home $50,000 grants.
Each of the three programs selected were reviewed by a community panel.
NBC 4 New York president and general manager Eric Lerner called the programs "transformative."
"Fighting hunger and supporting our schools are important priorities for WNBC. Our 21st Century Solutions grant challenge winners are doing just that," he said. "They have implemented transformative programs which are making an important difference in the neighborhoods WNBC calls home."
"Telemundo 47 is proud to join with the NBCUniversal Foundation to support these non-profit innovators who are moving our region’s Spanish-speaking communities forward," added Cristina Schwarz, President and General Manager, Telemundo 47 New York. "This year’s winners are combating local hunger, delivering important technical expertise to local students and generating change across the tri-State area."
Since its inception, the 21st Century Solutions grant challenge has awarded $1.2 million to 30 nonprofits in 10 metropolitan areas served by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations across the country.