By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Nov 15, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Outpost Natural Foods recently granted $55,000 to local organizations, including a $30K grant to Walnut Way Conservation Corp.

The grant goes towards Walnut Way's proposed Wellness Commons project, a mixed-use common meeting place developed by and for community members to celebrate neighborhood history, and the rebirth of neighbor health and wellness.

Outpost presented a $20,000 grant to Local First Milwaukee that advocates for locally owned, independent businesses and non-profit organizations.

Finally, Outpost presented a $5,000 grant to Downtown Montessori Academy to fund seven full school lunches, made with organic ingredients, along with locally sourced organic milk.

"Outpost's mission to create healthy, diverse and sustainable communities is exemplified by our ability to fund these important projects at times when our business has had great success," says Outpost general manager, Pam Mehnert.