Healthy Communities

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito (BGCSD) recently received a $10,000 grant from the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation in support of the Center for a Healthy Lifestyle program. The Center for a Healthy Lifestyle has two locations: a half-acre farm and teaching kitchen at the Griset Clubhouse in Encinitas and a garden and teaching kitchen at the Harper Clubhouse in Solana Beach, both of which engage children and teens in organic gardening, nutrition, STEM workshops, and hands-on cooking instruction.

“The gardens we built and the projects we completed will have a very real and lasting impact on hundreds of lives.”

The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation also organized a national volunteer day with the 2018 grant recipients in November. Nearly 400 Sprouts Farmers Market employees and their families participated in 28 volunteer activities across the nation during the Sprouts Day of Service, including close to 20 employees from Sprouts Farmers Market locations in San Diego County at the Center for a Healthy lifestyle. Volunteers assisted with gardening and kitchen maintenance, clearing over 70 bags of green waste and reorganizing the kitchen in time for fall camps. “We’re incredibly proud of the turnout we had for our first Day of Service,” said the Foundation’s Executive Director Lyndsey Waugh. “The gardens we built and the projects we completed will have a very real and lasting impact on hundreds of lives.”

BGCSD plans to deepen its partnership with the Foundation and local Sprouts Farmers Markets at future service events. For more information go to www.bgcsandieguito.org.