MissionProject GROWS is a nonprofit public health, educational and food access advocacy organization based in Staunton, Virginia.
Our mission is to improve the health and lives of children and families through farm-based immersion learning connecting healthy food from the farm, to the schools and to the home.
Our core service area is the Central Shenandoah Valley serving Augusta, Rockingham and Rockbridge Counties and the youth of the county and city schools systems in Staunton, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg among other communities.
What We DoWe believe that all children deserve a healthy life and future. We believe that the garden is an ideal setting to create a safe and inspiring space for youth that supports their physical, mental, and social well-being.
We know that kids who have a hand in growing their own vegetables in the garden LOVE to eat them. We know that bringing fresh local produce into our local school system combined with nutrition education is helping to grow a new generation of engaged and healthy youth.
We also know that many families in our community do not have access to affordable, nutritious produce and we are filling in those gaps with programs like our Youth-Run Farm Stand, Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Farmer's Market, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Matching Program, and donations to families throughout our area.