Today, we are proud to announce the results of our successful collaboration with the Leadership Clemson Class of 2018 and the Clemson Free Clinic. Together, we were able to raise over $5,000 in just a few short weeks to be used to launch Produce Rx, a program that will help provide fresh produce and education on food preparation, storage, and nutrition to patients at The Clemson Free Clinic.
“Fresh produce is a very important part of good health,” said Sandy Smith, executive director of The Clemson Free Clinic. “Patients who are in low-income households are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than higher-income households. We want to try and turn that around with our program, Produce Rx.”
This three-year program was selected by the Leadership Clemson Class of 2018 as its class project. The group’s goal was to raise $2,500 to cover the cost of educational materials for the program, but after strong initial fundraising the group choose to increase their goal to $5,000.
“Our Leadership Class is very impressed with the Clemson Free Clinic and the work they do for the less fortunate members of our community,” said Rebecca Eidson, a local PR professional. “The whole idea of the ‘Produce RX’ program appealed to us because it focuses on diet and wellness, which expands the clinic’s mission to provide medical care. We love the creativity behind the initiative, and we believe it will have a powerful impact!”
Suzanne Cate, a leader at Holy Trinity Episcopal Parish added, “Not only will they receive good, fresh, organically grown produce, but they will receive education about the benefits of fresh foods and instruction on how to prepare it in healthy ways. Add to all those benefits the partnerships between citizens, the University, churches, the clinic, and their clients, and we’ve got a win-win-win scenario!”
“It’s always a good thing when we can give back to our wonderful Community in a meaningful way,” said John Fulmer, a retired banker and frequent volunteer at local nonprofits. “While this gift will only touch a small group of citizens, it has the potential to help them in a big way.”
For us at the Clemson Community Foundation, this is a perfect example of what we are here for. Two local organizations were trying to create a program that would help the Clemson community and came to the Foundation for help with raising the funds. We offered our fundraising tools and by working together, we were able to do more than any of us could have on our own.
Stay tuned for more information about this program and others in the Clemson area.
The Clemson Community Foundation was launched in 2013 as a project of Leadership Clemson, and was inspired by a combination of the success of community foundations in other cities and the unmet funding needs in the Clemson area. As a community foundation, we work to provide philanthropy and establish long-term sources of funds for local needs, such as charitable nonprofit organizations in the Clemson area.
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