Hapi Foundation is a 501C-3 nonprofit established in 2013 that "builds community through health" by bringing health-related education, fitness, gardening, and nutrition programs directly to the doorsteps of residents living in lower income apartment communities. Hapi offers efficient, low-cost, high-reward customized programming to cater to each specific community's needs, whether it is a senior, toddler, or school age population. Hapi's efforts are focused on bringing neighbors together in on-site open spaces who often find themselves in park-poor communities and learning healthy lifestyle habits through its programming. Hapi's goal is to help combat social isolation while reducing the growing rates of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases in the United States.
The Hapi Foundation's roots trace back to a seed planted in a vegetable garden in the common area of one apartment community. Our goal was to bring neighbors together outside, to enjoy the sunshine, learn, taste, share, dig, push, pull, laugh, encourage, and socialize around food grown from their own edible community garden. We soon learned that residents wanted more ... they wanted activities to help them meet their neighbors, they wanted to know why they should eat more fruits and vegetables and how to properly feed their children. They wanted to know how to be healthier. The questions continued and Hapi was born. Now, I am thrilled to see Hapi is growing-fostering resident leaders and new friendships, changing lives and transforming communities.
-Jane Lorin, Hapi Foundation's Executive Director and Co-Founder
More than 35% of people live in apartment communities across the United States, many suffering from social isolation or struggling with, or at risk of, developing diabetes, obesity, and other chronic diseases. Hapi Foundation creates stronger, safer, and healthier communities by bringing neighbors together and delivering health-related education, fitness, gardening, and nutrition programs directly to apartment residents' doorsteps. Hapi offers a convenient, low-cost, high-reward program to children, adults, seniors, and families living in apartment communities.
Hapi builds community by providing customized programming based on the specific and unique resident base of each property. Many Hapi programs are found in apartment communities located in lower income areas, often in food deserts and park poor communities. Hapi works with property owners to ensure that open spaces and gardens are part of their footprint.