HEALTH CARE SHARE: NATIONAL AWARD WINNER!
Find more information about the Health Care Share on our What We Do page.
Here is its origin story:
In 2008, VYCC acquired the eastern parcel of its current-day campus. The additional land and buildings enabled VYCC to drastically expand its programming, and one of those expansions was a small garden. As that garden grew into a CSA, VYCC sought to shift the destination of its produce to members of the community who might not have access to farm-fresh food.
In a conversation between VYCC’s Thomas Hark and Dr. Marvin Malek of Central Vermont Medical Center, the idea of a partnership between VYCC and medical centers emerged. VYCC is an organization that engages young people in seasonal outdoor work, and CVMC is a hospital working to help its patient community realize their wellness goals. CVMC could identify patients that would benefit greatly from no-cost farm-fresh produce.
In 2012, the first Health Care Share season served 150 households within the CVMC community: in Barre and surrounding towns.
The project took off quickly. Other partners joined in, and in 2018 the project won a national award: Project of the Year from The Corps Network.