Submitted by Hidden Villa
Hidden Villa, a local educational organization, recently received a grant from the Los Altos Community Foundation in support of its Healthy Food, Healthy Families Program that links low-income residents with fresh, organic produce. The Los Altos Community Foundation aims to provide support for local programs and services that enhance the quality of life for residents of all ages, cultures and income levels in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and surrounding communities.
Founded by Frank and Josephine Duveneck in 1924, Hidden Villa uses its 1600 acres of organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice. Every year 30,000 people participate in one of Hidden Villa’s programs and an additional 20,000 visit annually to explore the farm, gardens and surrounding wilderness.
As a product of Hidden Villa's agricultural programs, 65 percent of their produce is earmarked for the 130 families enrolled in their Community Supported Agriculture program, 10 percent is sold at the Downtown Los Altos Farmers Market, and 25 percent is shared with the Community Services Agency.
Last year, The Los Altos Community Foundation supported 35 local non-profits and this year chose to include Hidden Villa’s Healthy Food, Healthy Families Program in its sphere of impact. The program delivers nearly 12,500 pounds of produce each year to low income neighbors through a partnership with Community Services Agency (CSA) located in Mountain View.
The CSA’s Food and Nutrition Center serves more than 4,800 low-income community members, providing access to fresh produce as well as nutritional workshops and classes. Support from the Los Altos Community Foundation ensures the continued growth and success of this impactful program.
For more information about the Los Altos Community Foundation and how you can support its community efforts, visit its website at losaltoscf.org. To learn more about Hidden Villa’s programs, visit www.hiddenvilla.org.