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Sunday June 4th

Weaver Street grants allow local organizations to fight hunger

Each year, Weaver Street Market takes the interest gained from its endowment, the Cooperative Community Fund, and turns that money into grants for organizations that focus on giving people access to healthy foods. 

This year’s recipients were PORCH, a volunteer-based hunger-relief organization, and TABLE, an organization that feeds children at risk of hunger.

With its $2,000 grant, PORCH will launch a new program called PORCH Cooks that will provide families recipes to go along with their food each month, according to co-founder Debbie Horowitz.

“We have been trying to get a nutrition program going for a while now, and this $2,000 grant is the seed money to get it off the ground,” Horowitz said. She said they hope to start adding recipes to the bags they give out starting in October.

Horowitz said PORCH plans to also offer demos and taste tests at its delivery site, so families can see how to exactly prepare each recipe. Unlike the recipes, which will be included in bags monthly, Horowitz said demos will happen every two months.

Horowitz’s fellow PORCH co-founder Susan Romaine said one aspect of the grant she is grateful for is that it will allow PORCH to buy spices to include in its bags.

“You have to make a lot of tough choices about what you can buy, and this tends to be something that’s not as affordable. And so it’s really nice to be able to provide that,” Romaine said.

PORCH currently serves approximately 300 families, which include more than 790 children and 550 adults, according to Horowitz.

The second grant recipient, TABLE, works to not only provide healthy food for children when they do not have access to food at school, but it also works to educate children about the importance of eating healthy and locally.

TABLE plans to use its $1,020 grant to fund field trips for its participants to Maple View Farms in order to teach them about how their food is made and why they should eat healthy, according to program director Laura Dille.

“Ultimately, we want our kids to be excited about fresh food and local food,” Dille said.

Being able to afford two trips was not always TABLE’s goal, but with Weaver Street Market’s generosity TABLE is now able to afford both, Dille said.

“I applied for them to fund one field trip for the Fall for one group of kids, and they ended up funding two fields so we’ll be able to go with a second group to Maple View in the Spring, which is really great,” she said.

Brenda Camp is the owner services coordinator for Weaver Street Market and also chairs the grant’s selection committee. She said the committee was particularly impressed with how much turnover there is from what is donated to both PORCH and TABLE and what is given to their recipients.

“That’s important," Camp said. "It’s often not the case if we get applications from non-profits that have a national support system compared to these organizations that are really grassroots and local and their support from the community.” 


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