In partnership with Filling in the Blanks, Grace Farms volunteers assembled and delivered 1,000 backpacks to children facing food insecurity in our local community
Grace Farms welcomed more than 200 people to participate in Gifting for Good, its annual event to give back to others during the holiday season. With the help of Grace Farms’ neighbors in New Canaan and beyond, volunteers assembled backpacks to children and families facing food insecurity in Fairfield County. Grace Farms Foundation partnered with Filling in the Blanks, a nonprofit organization that provides weekend meals to children in need across Fairfield and Westchester Counties, bridging the gap between Friday’s school lunch and Monday’s school breakfast. The community event took place on Friday, December 8 at Grace Farms.
“At Grace Farms, we advance good globally as well as locally,” said Meg Hely Walsh, Chief Partnerships Officer, Grace Farms Foundation. “Since we opened eight years ago, we have forged relationships with dozens of nonprofit partners like Filling in the Blanks to foster community and address pressing humanitarian issues. Gifting for Good brings people together to join us in our work to alleviate food insecurity for our neighbors in need.”
“We are grateful for all the volunteers from Grace Farms Foundation that volunteered to pack 1,000 Holiday Backpacks,” said Filling in the Blanks Co-Founders Shawnee Knight and Tina Kramer. “We are thankful for the partnership and support of the foundation and honored to be part of this year’s Season of Light holiday programming.”
Gifting for Good is a main highlight of Grace Farms’ community-based programming, which also includes its nonprofit Space Grant program and free educational programming year-round. This signature event has supported seven local nonprofit organizations since it began in 2016, including Neighbors Link, The Yerwood Center at The Boys and Girls Club in Stamford, the Center for Family Justice, Walter E. Luckett, Jr. Foundation and Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants.
There are many other programs happening at Grace Farms throughout December, including Songs of the Season, curated by Grace Farms’ Musical Advisor Marcus G. Miller, and performed by acclaimed musicians in the Sanctuary.