Vermont Works for Women (VWW) helps women and girls recognize their potential and explore, pursue and excel in work that leads to economic independence. VWW has an extensive record of accomplishment in working with women, young adults, girls, educators and employers and in developing, implementing, and growing innovative programs.
A grant of $10,000 was awarded to Vermont Works for Women as they seek to build a solid infrastructure to expand FRESH Food, an on-the-job training program designed as social enterprise. Beginning in 2011 with just 4 Burlington Head Start childcare centers, FRESH Food now serves 15 childcare centers and youth groups.
FRESH Food uses the culinary field as the backdrop for job training, providing nutritious meals to nearby childcare centers while helping women develop the confidence and marketable skills needed to transition into permanent employment. From scratch, FRESH Food prepares, distributes, and sells wholesome, nutritious meals and food products with a commitment to incorporating local ingredients, and promoting socially responsible practices that respect the environment, and the trainees’ holistic wellbeing. VWW utilizes the methods and disciplines of business and the power of the marketplace to provide skills training and employment supports to women with multiple barriers to employment.