Fundraiser part of grant incentive contest

On Saturday, Oct. 14, Hockessin based nonprofit Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids is a “Veggies and Vine” benefit at Vicmead Hunt Club, 903 Owls Nest Rd., Wilmington.

Enjoy a glass of wine, sample hors d'oeuvres and crudites, mingle with guests, and visit the carving and pasta stations.

Tickets are available now. Tickets are $110 after Oct. 1.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be used to support a matching grant challenge from the Longwood Foundation, to help Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids build capacity as they grow and expand their school garden program.

According to a press release, the challenge requires the organization to raise an additional $65,000 beyond their operating budget by March 31 of 2018 to receive funding.

Founded in 2005 by Thianda Manzara, Health Foods for Healthy Kids started with a practical gardening program at Springer Elementary School in the Brandywine School District.

Three years later, the organization filed for 501-3(C) status.

Since then, the Healthy Foods program has grown to 31 schools throughout the county, and one school in Rehoboth, with vegetable gardens that are fully incorporated into the school’s science program.

To donate or for more information, visit