The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) has been awarded a $40,000 grant from Newman's Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. The funding is part of the foundation's two-year, $7 million commitment to innovative programs that are helping to advance nutrition awareness, education and fresh food access.
The grant to NOFA-VT will be used to support food security programs that increase access to local foods for limited-income Vermonters while supporting farm viability. "Over the past forty years, NOFA-VT has worked in a variety of ways to support limited-income Vermonters of all ages in accessing healthy, fresh food while paying a fair price to small farms across Vermont," said Erin Buckwalter, direct marketing and community food security coordinator. "This grant will enable us to expand these community food security programs, which increase access to local food for limited-income Vermonters while simultaneously bolstering the stability and sustainable growth of direct market outlets in the state."
"There is great momentum right now in addressing the many challenging issues around nutrition," added Lisa Walker, managing director of Newman's Own Foundation. "We are pleased to award a grant to NOFA-VT to support their important contributions in this area."
NOFA-VT is a nonprofit association of farmers, gardeners and consumers working to promote an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system for the benefit of current and future generations.
Paul Newman, the actor and philanthropist who founded Newman's Own, passed away on September 26, 2008. Now, five years later, his legacy continues as Newman's Own continues to give away 100 percent of the profits and royalties from the sale of its food products to charity. Since the company's founding in 1982, over $380 million has been donated to thousands of organizations, with $125 million having been donated in the past five years alone.