Grantees: Health/Nutrition

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Common Roots, Inc.

Building Food Security

For 12 years, Common Roots has been growing organic food and providing farm fresh food to families experiencing food insecurity during stressful situations. Located in South Burlington, Vermont, Common Roots uses best organic farming practices on a total of 5 acres of urban farming to grow nutrient-dense foods with regenerative soil practices. Common Roots understands that it takes more than just providing food to make change. Education is also a key factor in successfully reducing food insecurity.

Common Roots supports and educates children and families by promoting healthy food choices with taste tests and recipes and by including tips on shopping smart on limited budgets. Common Roots offers vegetable and herb plant starts to families in order to promote food independence. Common Roots enables families to visit the farm on a mini-bus so they may learn to grow nourishing food.

Common Roots also serves the larger community by providing fresh vegetables and food starts at the Food Shelves in Burlington and South Burlington. Common Roots additionally provides organically grown, farm-fresh, local food to families facing food insecurity identified by social workers in 5 schools. Food insecurity and poverty are realities throughout our state and in the South Burlington and Burlington areas. Currently, 27.6% of students in South Burlington are eligible for free lunch. This number is growing. Food insecurity in our community has been greatly exacerbated by COVID-19. Households experiencing food insecurity generally consume less than the daily adequate nutrition requirements.

Common Roots proposes to use this grant funding to:

  • Increase the volume of fresh food produced from 17,000 to 23,000 pounds.
  • Provide education to more families who depend on food shelves on how to optimize the use of fresh produce.
  • Teach food insecure families how to grow their own food.
  • Transport produce and plant starts to the Burlington Food Shelf
  • Provide transportation to the South Burlington Food Shelf to families in need.

Girls on the Run Vermont

Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole

Girls on the Run Vermont is an independent and statewide after-school program for 3rd-8th grade Vermont girls that focuses on whole heath -- physical, emotional, and social. We serve more than 2,600 girls at over 150 sites in the state and are working hard to ensure that every girl has access to our high-quality after school program. But there is a lot more to be done. Annually, we serve over 2,700 girls between the ages of 8 and 13. While that may seem like a large number, it represents only 20% of Vermont females in this age group.