FRESH Food Summer Garden Project
The FRESH Food program provides job training for women and teens who have multiple barriers to employment (i.e. poverty, minimal work history, or a criminal record) while also addressing an important community need: increasing access to nutritious meals for children from low and moderate income families. FRESH Food currently provides meals for sixteen childcare centers and youth programs in Chittenden County, Vermont and has served over 110,000 wholesome meals since its inception in 2011. This program serves multiple bottom lines: providing critical on-the-job training for women and teens, improving the quality of nutrition for children in daycare, and supporting local agriculture.
The FRESH Food Summer Garden Project is an integral component of the FRESH Food program. During the summer months we operate several gardens that provide additional job training opportunities as well as fresh, local produce for use in the production of our meals for childcare centers. Our trainees are involved in all elements of the Garden Project, from planning the gardens and growing seedlings indoors, to tending the gardens' growth and harvesting the bounty. The Garden Project provides rich fodder for training that complements the culinary and employment skills training that trainees receive in our kitchen.
In addition to continuing to provide meals to our childcare center partners during the summer, FRESH Food also provides all of the food for the City of Winooski's Summer Food Program, through which any child under 18 eats breakfast and lunch for free during the 8 weeks of summer vacation. Our summer gardens supply the vast majority of the produce we use for both the childcare centers and the Summer Food Program.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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