The Taco Time NW Foundation continues to support community organizations that provide access to nutritious food and educational programs supporting healthy lifestyles. Taco Time NW Foundation is excited to announce that $100,000 in grants have been awarded to six local non-profit organizations in five Puget Sound area counties.
Lee Callahan interviews Gretchen Weidemann, marketing director for Taco Time NW, about the great work these groups do:
1. Farmer Frog (Snohomish County) – $20k Farmer Frog will utilize the Taco Time NW Foundation grant funds to provide stipends to urban farmer educators who work with kids, families and teachers on a regular basis at the school gardens. Their urban farmer educators are teaching the children, their families and their teachers about growing food in simple, yet effective ways, without any chemical fertilizers and sprays.
2. GRuB (Garden Raised Bounty) (Thurston County) – $10k GRuB will utilize the Taco Time NW Foundation funds for their Victory Garden Project (VGP), a unique hunger relief program incorporating a holistic, interactive and relationships based approach to nourishing the bodies, minds and spirits of people in our community.
3. MultiCare Health Foundation (Pierce county) – $20k Through support from the Taco Time NW Foundation, the partnership with MultiCare and the Tacoma Farmers Market will directly increase access to fresh food for families in our community who desperately need it, while strengthening the larger community by supporting local farmers.
4. Northwest Youth Services (Whatcom Country) – $10k With support from the Taco Time NW Foundation, grant funds will directly support teens in the Positive Adolescent Development Program (PAD), providing an emergency housing program and nutritious, home-cooked meals every day that they are in the program.
5. Seattle Tilth (King County) – $20k With funding from the Taco Time Foundation, children and families will participate in cooking programs at Rainier Beach Urban Farm, gaining knowledge about nutritious food, how to prepare it and how to access if affordably.
6. WSU Bread Lab (Skagit County) – $20k The Bread Lab plans to use Taco Time funding to increase its current programs, including school programs to incorporate whole grains into healthy lunches and working with culinary students and bakers to develop whole grain recipes that are flavorful and nutritious.
The Foundation was launched in 2014 as an organized charitable giving endeavor with a mission to nourish the minds and bodies of families in Western Washington. The Foundation has granted a total of $300,000 to date but as a local, family-owned company, giving back to the Northwest communities has always been important. Taco Time NW has donated more than $2 million to local charities over the past 20 years.