Published: Dec 19, 2012 11:22 PM EST

NAPLES, Fla.─ Hope for Haiti is the recipient of a $80,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman.

The award to Hope for Haiti was made by Newman’s Own Foundation as part of its nutrition focused funding initative. Through this initiative, the Foundation is donating a total of nearly $4 million to 40 organizations over two years with the aim of supporting new approaches and expanding model programs. This commitment is in addition to $1 million Newman’s Own Foundation already granted to organizations with nutrition programs earlier this year.

“We are so very grateful to Newman’s Own Foundation for their support of our Nutrition Program and to have their recognition that our work is making a true impact in the fight against poverty,” said Hope for Haiti’s President and CEO, Tiffany Kuehner.

Hope for Haiti’s mission is to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children, through education, nutrition, and healthcare. This grant award will help support a medical nutrition program which saves the lives of over 5,000 severly malnourished children each year.

Newman’s Own Foundation is concentrating its efforts on: nutrition education for children and families; child nutrition with a focus on feeding hungry children and/or reducing childhood obesity; and fresh food access for underserved communities.

“It’s exciting for us to see such creative thinking and solution-based approaches to the challenges around nutrition issues,” said Lisa Walker, Managing Director of Newman’s Own Foundation. “This funding initiative is intended to further the innovative work that our grantees are already doing on the ground to help increase access to, and awareness of, nutritious food.”

Paul Newman established the Foundation in 2005, as a means of continuing his pledge to donate to charity all net profits and royalties from the sale of products from Newman’s Own, Inc. Since the food company’s founding in 1982, Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have donated more than $350 million to thousands of charities worldwide.