Thursday October 29, 2015
The DREAM Program received a $10,000 donation from Hannaford Helps to support local youth development programs. The donation was announced at Hannaford’s South Burlington store on Dorset Street. In addition, donations were made to the Winooski Family Center and Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.
“With these Hannaford Helps contributions we are focusing on the fact that a community is only as strong as its next generation,” said Hannaford Supermarkets President Mike Vail. “Hannaford is proud to support the work of educators, counselors, coaches and volunteers who are so impressive in their commitment to develop young people in the communities where our associates live and work.”
The DREAM Program, located on Community Drive in South Burlington, is a youth-based mentoring organization that pairs children in affordable housing communities with mentors in college. Founded in 1999, the program works with 13 colleges and 18 affordable housing neighborhoods throughout Vermont and Massachusetts. DREAM, which stands for “directing through recreation, education, adventure, and mentoring,” currently supports over 350 mentoring pairs.
Donations from Hannaford Helps are focused on helping children who face barriers to their success in life. The program also has set a goal of increasing the amount of meat, produce, bread, and other fresh items donated directly from Hannaford stores to community food pantries and meal programs by 20% or 1.5 million meals in 2016. Hannaford donated 14.6 million pounds of rescued food to hunger relief last year.