History

FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth)

FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth) was founded in 2005 by Lynne Kunins, our president and CEO. Lynne had been invited to run a team- building recreation program in the Carver Ranches neighborhood for children with parents in prison. She needed additional funding to expand the program to include all the kids that wanted to participate; she needed to create FLIPANY.

The first FLIPANY employee was a dietician, hired to teach the kids the “birds and the bees” of healthy eating with whole foods. In 2006, FLIPANY partnered with Share Our Strength to become Florida’s Lead Partner in the No Kid Hungry campaign, teaching Cooking Matters classes in afterschool programs, community centers, and churches. During that same year, FLIPANY launched its first FLIPANY 5K Fun Run/Walk [link to that page of website] and hosted running clinics at schools and community centers to encourage fun physical activity. By the end of its second year of existence, FLIPANY had an operating budget of over $100,000 and had established its 3-part signature programming:
(1) access to healthy food
(2) hands-on nutrition education
(3) fun physical activities

All delivered on site and at no cost to residents of underserved communities.

In the following years, FLIPANY added an important mentorship component to its physical activity programs with Earn-a-Bike [link to page] programs, FLIPANY’s Annual Mountain Bike Camp [link to page] at Markham Park, and Soccer for Success [link to page] programs. FLIPANY launched Worksite Wellness [link to page] programs, joined the Broward Public Schools Wellness and Learning Committee, and established a unique parent and student-driven Health Advisory Council at Deerfield Beach Middle School [link to page]. These developments grew out of FLIPANY’s core belief that wellness programs must be built on social support, relatable role models, and participant leadership. To deliver these effective, culturally appropriate programs, FLIPANY continues to build a diverse, multi-cultural cadre of health and wellness professionals.

In 2016, FLIPANY became a Tier III Food Sponsor for the federal Child Nutrition Program and Florida’s Summer Food Service Program. Under FLIPANY’s Food Sponsorship, afterschool programs receive technical assistance in completion of all food licensing requirements, receive all required training, and receive daily deliveries of healthy meals and snacks for the children they serve. FLIPANY manages all the catering contracts, menu planning and approval, and food reimbursements. Because the cost of food is reimbursed by these state and federal assistance programs, FLIPANY’s Food Sponsorships are sustainable, ensuring that children consistently get the nutrition they need to support healthy development and long-term outcomes. In early 2020, when schools closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, FLIPANY redesigned its program within three days to become South Florida’s leading Emergency Food Assistance Provider

FLIPANY depends on grants, service contracts, and generous funding from corporate partners [link to page] and private citizens [link to page] to fund its programs. Its signature gala fundraising event, Chefs Up Front, was launched in 2014, bringing culinary stars and diners together for a lavish five-course meal prepared at a table for ten, wine pairings, and a silent auction. Funds from these events are used exclusively for No Kid Hungry and Cooking Matters [link to page] activities. No Kid Hungry is the only national campaign committed to ending childhood hunger in the U.S.

Milestones

2012

Broward Non-Profit Organization of the Year, finalist

2013

Jim Moran Institute For Global Entrepreneurship Award

2014

Rising Star Award from the Florida Department of Agriculture

2015

Lynne Kunins attends Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Celebration at the White House in recognition of FLIPANY’s Healthy Cities Campaign

2016

Named Global Community Partner by Target Foundation

2016

Excellence in Healthcare Award for Wellness/Lifestyle Programs from Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce

2017

Turnip the Beet! High Quality Summer Meals Gold Level Award for improving nutrition and quality in summer meals program from U.S. Department of Agriculture (Consecutive years, 2017-2018-2019. Award closed in 2020.)

2020

The Children’s Trust Program of the Year winner

2021

Knowledge for Impact Award to Lynne Kunins, Wharton School of Business Executive Education Program

Other Recognition

Guidestar; Charity Navigator scoring 100% 3rd party evaluation
Nonprofits First Excellence award, 5th consecutive year
Nonprofit Executive Alliance of Broward member and Board member

Create A Healthier Community

Using a community-based service approach to reach participants where they are – FLIPANY provides local organizations with custom-designed opportunities to enhance their existing services. FLIPANY works hand-in-hand with these local organizations, and the populations they serve, to evaluate needs, design evidence-based solutions, and implement change. These value-added individual or group-based wellness solutions include direct nutrition education, physical activity programming, health promotion, and intervention strategies. This programming is provided on-site at locations such as early childcare centers, schools, community centers, parks and recreation programs, medical centers, and other partner sites. Working together, FLIPANY and over 600 partner organizations strive to create healthier South Florida communities.