Veggielution’s mantra is simple – everyone deserves to have access to healthy, affordable food. The nonprofit organization works to bring people from diverse backgrounds together to help create a sustainable food system in San Jose. Through a generous match donation from key supporters, Veggielution was able to raise nearly $40,000 during SVGives 2014.
Veggielutionaries throughout Silicon Valley stepped up to the challenge to raise funds for their various programs last year. One among them, Workday Leaders is an integral part of community building and leadership development at Veggielution. After completing a six-week training class, Workday Leaders are ready to facilitate volunteer groups at Saturday workdays and supervise vital farm projects. While getting their hands dirty alongside over 3,000 visitors to the farm each year, these leaders pass on vital skills and knowledge to the community about food access and growing food sustainably.
Cayce Hill, interim executive director, had this to say: “SVGives provided a fun, easy way for our ongoing supporters, as well as many new friends, to take action for a healthy, vibrant food system.” Kim Pederson, board chair, adds: “Building a strong local food network means engaging our community, from children to adults, in learning more about the benefits of healthy food. Whether it is a member of our low-cost farm box program cooking up kale, a three-year-old making mud pies in the Youth Garden, or a high school volunteer who aspires to work as a nutritionist, Veggielution offers a place for people from diverse backgrounds to connect through food and farming. Through the accessible and inspiring SV Gives platform, we were able to encourage a high level of donor participation. We are looking forward to another successful year with SVGives!”