About Us

About Us

Our Mission:

The Fit and Food Connection (FAFC) 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.

Our Vision:

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

The Fit and Food Connection (FAFC) provides healthy living resources through nutrition and physical fitness to families in need.  This is provided to encourage participation across the broadest possible spectrum of economic levels in northern St. Louis.

Since 2015, FAFC has provided assistance to bring food and fitness together with group and individual fitness classes, nutrition programs, emergency groceries, food pantry, and community gardening opportunities. The connection of food provision, lifestyle programming and coaching, and education is a dynamic solution to address general poverty's impact on health.

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The Fit and Food Connection Co-Directors

Gabrielle Cole


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.

Gabi and Joy
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Joy Millner

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.