The Power of Produce “Bucks” will allow children to buy fresh produce at farmers’ markets in Warrenton and The Plains.
The Warrenton-based PATH Foundation recently awarded three grants totaling $44,315 to local summer enrichment programs. Two of the grants will provide better access to affordable and nutritious food, and the other supports community engagement through the arts.
Power of Produce Club
Fauquier FISH received a $25,000 grant to implement the Farmer’s Market Coalition’s Power of Produce (POP) program to distribute food vouchers to children. They can use them to make purchases at the Warrenton Farmer’s Market and the Archwood Green Barns Farmers Market in The Plains.
The POP program, which operates in communities nationwide, seeks to help children to make healthy food choices while reducing food insecurity in the area.
Children receive “POP Bucks,” which allow them 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 market received a $9,315 grant to support the its continued work in providing locally grown, healthy foods.
Along with activities for families, the Warrenton Farmer’s Market provides fresh, local produce. The market market operates Saturdays at East Lee and South Fifth streets and Wednesdays at the WARF. 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 the community.
Summer on the Green Concert Series
The Allegro Community School of the Arts received a $10,000 grant to support its summer concert series.
Allegro seeks to revitalize and support the presence of musical events within the community. The grant will help buy equipment support a variety of musical and theatrical offerings.
Seven concerts will take place, July 7 through Aug. 18. The Summer on the Green program continues the tradition of the Bluemont Concert Series, which ended after four decades.
“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,” PATH President Christy Connolly said. “These programs will strengthen the health and vitality of our community, which is the mission of the PATH Foundation.”