Congresswoman Jane Harman presented a $155,000 check to the Venice-based Community Food Security Coalition Tuesday, May 29th, on behalf of the UPS (United Parcel Service) Foundation’s National Collaboration to Reduce Hunger and Improve Nutrition Initiative. Harman presented the check at a UPS store at 578 Washington Blvd., Venice.

The check — the first of three annual installments totaling $485,000 — was presented to Andy Fisher, executive director of Community Food Security Coalition, a nonprofit organization that is “dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times.”

UPS Foundation officials said the foundation has supported the Community Food Security Coalition to bring healthier foods into existing stores in areas of high food insecurity and to help grocery stores develop in those locations.

In addition, the coalition will increase the ability of farms to distribute fresh foods to schools in New York, New Mexico, North Carolina and California by working with farms to develop business plans, UPS Foundation officials said.