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Our Vision

We envision a world where people in underserved communities all have strong minds and healthy bodies.

Vision and Misson

Helping underserved communities get healthy & feel better. 

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Our Mission

The Fit and Food Connection offers people living in food and fitness deserts access to free nutritious food, physical activities, educational workshops, and personal coaching to encourage and support healthy living.

Meet Our Founders
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Co-Founder/Executive Director

Gabi was born and raised in St. Louis City, Missouri. She moved to Chicago after high school to study Political Science at DePaul University. She later returned and obtained a Master of Science in Non-Profit Management from Fontbonne University, and continues her Ph.D. work at Capella University. Gabi originally founded The Food Place within her community, and continues to teach and implement the importance of good health and nutrition through her volunteer work.

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Joy Millner is a certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Consultant. She has been exercising and teaching wellness for over 25 years. Joy is also a Wellness Speaker on all topics of holistic wellness including fitness, nutrition, improving sleep, thinking positively, and reducing stress. Joy originally founded Living Joyfully and then The Fit and Food Connection to share her passion of wellness and continues to empower individuals to feel healthier and more confident.

The Fit and Food Team

Meet Our Staff


Gabi Cole

Co-Founder & Executive Director


Jessica Carter

Director of Personnel


Heather Zago

Program Director

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James Donegan

Food Pantry Coordinator

Meet Our Board of Directors

This amazing group of individuals have a wide variety of expertise and they all come together to support a common goal and help

The Fit and Food Connection thrive! 

Meet The Fit and Food Team

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