By Amy Petty, PATH Foundation
The PATH Foundation recently awarded three grants totaling $44,315 to programs that will make summer even brighter. Two of the grants work in tandem to provide better access to affordable and nutritious food, and the third enriches community engagement through the arts.
Power of Produce Club (POP)
The PATH Foundation awarded Fauquier FISH a $25,000 grant to implement the Farmer’s Market Coalition’s Power of Produce (POP) program to distribute food vouchers to children for use at the Warrenton Farmer’s Market and the Archwood Green Barns Farmers Market in The Plains. The POP program, which operates in communities nationwide, is designed to help children to make healthy food choices while reducing food insecurity in the area.
Children are provided “POP Bucks,” which allow children the independence to select their foods of choice while also encouraging healthy diets. POP Bucks will be distributed at various locations in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties, including Fauquier FISH, public libraries, Fauquier Community Child Care, Fauquier Senior Center, Fauquier Community Food Bank and Thrift Store, Fauquier Free Clinic, and BOB’s Summer Adventure bus.
Warrenton Farmer’s Market
The PATH Foundation awarded the Warrenton Farmer’s Market a $9,315 grant to support the market’s continued success in providing locally grown, healthy foods for residents. Along with an impressive calendar of activities for families, the Warrenton Farmer’s Market provides fresh, local produce that contributes to the economic vitality of Fauquier County. The Market is located on the corner of 5th and Lee Street in Old Town on Saturdays, and in the WARF parking lot on Wednesdays. Fauquier FISH and the Warrenton Farmer’s Market will work together to encourage the use of “POP Bucks” and to help combat food insecurity in our community.
Allegro Summer on the Green Concert Series
Allegro Community School of the Arts was awarded a $10,000 grant to support their Summer on the Green concert series. Their goal is to revitalize and support the presence of musical events within the community. Grant funds will help secure equipment to support a variety of musical and theatrical offerings. Seven concerts are scheduled for July and August, with the first on July 7. The Summer on the Green series continues the tradition of the Bluemont Concert Series, which ended their program after more than 40 years.
“We’re delighted to offer these grants that we believe will add to the experiences at the Warrenton Farmer’s Market and the outdoor concerts on Culpeper Street in Old Town Warrenton. These programs will strengthen the health and vitality of our community, which is the mission of the PATH Foundation,” said Christy Connolly, PATH Foundation president and CEO.
To learn more about the PATH Foundation, visit www.pathforyou.org