FREMONT -- A Fremont-based organization dedicated to improving the health of Tri-City area residents has received a grant from Safeway's charity arm.

The Safeway Foundation, a nonprofit associated with the Pleasanton-based supermarket chain, last week donated $54,568 to the Tri-City Health Center.

The grant will help fund the center's child nutrition and fitness programs, which are being conducted in partnership with the YMCA. About 60 children between the ages 9 and 13 participate in the programs, whose goal is to prevent child obesity.

The Tri-City Health Center is a not-for-profit community organization that strives to promote optimal health, eliminate preventable diseases and improve the quality of life for every person and family in southern Alameda County.

The donation is part of $2 million in grants the Safeway Foundation is providing to community health programs and hospitals nationwide.

"Our commitment is to strengthen communities, create pioneering programs, expand services and implement new strategies to support the health of children and teens," said Larree Renda, Safeway executive vice president and chair of the Safeway Foundation.

Contact Chris De Benedetti at 510-353-7011. Follow him at Twitter.com/cdebenedetti.