EL CENTRO, CA Â â€“ The Imperial County Breastfeeding Coalition (ICBFC) has recently establishedÂ the Imperial County Breastfeeding Coalition Fund (â€œthe Fundâ€) at the Imperial Valley Community Foundation (IVCF).
The creation of the Fund signifies the start of an emerging partnership between IVCF and ICBFC to seekÂ resources, local and from outside the Imperial Valley, to build a healthier community in Imperial Valley.
The Fund will support the mission of ICBFC, â€œdedicated to improving the health and well-being of infants andÂ families through education, outreach and advocacy to promote and support breastfeeding.â€
According to Irma N. Martinez, M.Ed, a Registered Dietician, International Board Certified LactationÂ Consultant, and Chairperson for the ICBFC, breastfeeding offers both health and economic benefits to families.
â€œBreastfed children develop fewer psychological, behavioral and learning problems as they grow older.Â Mothers who nurse have a unique bonding experience and enjoy social and economic advantages whenÂ avoiding buying formula with an average expense of $800.00 dollars per year and less healthcare dollars inÂ medical expenses,â€ said Mrs. Martinez. â€œInterference by offering artificial milk might lead to challengingÂ situations and medical conditions like diarrheal disease, asthma, allergies, risk of developing diabetes andÂ becoming overweight at an early age.â€
The Fund joins a portfolio of nearly two dozen funds managed by the Imperial Valley Community FoundationÂ benefiting local organizations and causes, many of which were established by local families and businesses.
â€œIVCF is proud to partner with the Imperial County Breastfeeding Coalition because of their work promotingÂ healthy lifestyles and the importance of infant and mother care,â€ said Timothy E. Kelley, Chairman of IVCF andÂ President/CEO of the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation. â€œOur position to learn the missionsÂ and goals of local organizations â€“ especially those that have funds with us – and the work they are doing, helpsÂ us to better-connect donors with causes close to them, as well as keep our finger on the pulse of theÂ communityâ€™s needs and existing services.â€
Donations to the Fund are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law, and the Fund and FoundationÂ welcome public support and contributions. Donations by check should be made payable to â€œImperial ValleyÂ Community Foundationâ€ with the memo â€œImperial County Breastfeeding Coalition Fund,â€ and mailed to theÂ Foundationâ€™s office at 1440 W. Main St. in El Centro, CA 92243. For more information, please contact BobbyÂ Brock, IVCF President/CEO at (760) 336-0055 or visit www.ivcommunityfoundation.org.
For more informationÂ specific to the Imperial County Breastfeeding Coalition please visit www.icbfc.org.