We are bursting at the seams with all the exciting news to share. Queue the drumroll, and the confetti. A few weeks ago, theMOVE received our official Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 501c3 non profit charity designation. We are grateful to Groundwork Somerville for serving as our fiscal sponsor for the last 5 years.
Our new designation gives us access to more opportunities, we are exempt from federal income tax, and can receive unlimited donations from individuals and other donors. Thanks to theMOVE’s board for spearheading the process and for each of you for believing in our mission.
In keeping with the good news, we completed another successful season, serving almost 500 individuals, giving approximately 2,100 volunteer hours at 10 family-owned, or not-for-profit farms (2 urban). But, the experience of the youth we serve, cannot be summated in numbers, and since you were not there to watch them learn, check out the note below for an idea of what one student discovered and felt. Can you imagine if every city child had this experience – regardless of their family’s income? Also, this season, we connected more deeply with urban education administrators, and the food services teams at Boston andSomerville Public Schools as we seek to influence how decision makers think about the current food system, and leverage their support for farm-based education in Metro- Boston.
This, is how we share the power of food.
As the season closes, we reflect on how privileged we are to do this work, we are thankful for the legacy of those who came before us, and all our colleagues who do their part in rebuilding our food system and influencing wholesome education for our youngsters.
Cheers and best wishes,
Tamika R. Francis