A foundation affiliated with MetLife Inc. is investing in an effort to improve Americans’ health by increasing access to parks and playgrounds.

The MetLife Foundation, New York, has given $500,000 to the Trust For Public Land, New York, to help the trust build playgrounds for 3 New York City public schools, according to the trust.

The foundation now has given a total of $3.1 million to park and playground construction and repair projects in Atlanta, New York and San Francisco.

The foundation hopes to help Americans lead healthier lives by ensuring that they have suitable places to exercise and relax, the trust says.

In other philanthropic news, Health Net of the Northeast Inc., Shelton, Conn., says 1,300 employees bought and delivered a total of 12,000 pounds of food to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Hillside, N.J.

Employees were responding to news that demand for food has increased 30% at a time when donations have dropped 20%, the company says.