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Featured Foundation

Featured Foundation: Sprouts Neighborhood Grants

Children with disabilities including autism spectrum disorder and Down syndrome often face significant sensory issues around food texture, taste and moisture content that put them at high risk for lifelong obesity. Mealtimes can be a constant battle, and many youngsters end up eating unhealthy meals or snacks of processed foods high in fat, carbohydrates and additives.

Thanks to a generous $5,000 grant from the Sprouts Neighborhood Grants program (sponsored by the Sprouts market on Stevens Creek Boulevard in Cupertino), participants at Via West Campus are engaging in a year-long program focused on farm-to-table gardening and culinary arts. Growing MyPlate offers healthy food education and nutritional guidance as youngsters cultivate produce in the garden and greenhouse; harvest and prep produce; sample unfamiliar fruits and vegetables; and create healthy MyPlate meals following the USDA Food Model. They’ll take home foods created on campus and recipes to inform parents about the foods sampled and to promote home carryover of learning.

Growing My Plate builds on a multi-year partnership between Via and the local Farrington Historical Foundation, which underwrote the building of the year-round greenhouse, wages for curriculum development and adapted instruction, and purchase of culinary arts and horticultural equipment over the past three years.

Thank you Sprouts!

Operation Snowflake

​Operation Snowflake at Via West

The holidays are upon us and we have two special respite sessions to celebrate in December. Each year, we teach our participants the importance of giving back by stuffing and decorating holiday boxes for a local shelter. This year, we will be donating to West Valley Community Services.

How can you help? Bring your extra, unused toiletries to either of our locations by December 7th! We are in need of the following travel size items:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap/body wash
  • Lotion
  • Shower caps
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Dental floss
  • Socks
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Small toys (playing cards, spinners, etc.)

We are also looking for volunteers to help out with the activities during both sessions. Click here to apply.

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