Winters Farm to School honoring Hanson for fundraising efforts

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Winters Farm to School honored one of their board members who was honored by the Yolo Community Foundation (YCF) at their Nov. 16 Yolo National Philanthropy Day celebration event.

In their video, WFS board member Walkyhr Macy gave praise for Nanette Hanson who was recognized for her performance in fundraising so WFS could meet their goals in providing local food for local children.

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the nonprofit hosted an annual Summer Feast as their main fundraiser. However, with their last opportunity to host the in-person event was in 2019.

Macy said they not only shift their thinking, but they also had to shift their way of doing in order to “continue meeting the ever increasing food insecurity needs of students and families.”

Hanson stepped up to the plate and helped to organize and lead WFS’s efforts in the annual Big Day of Giving fundraising event in 2020 and 2021. Hanson said the fundraising event ended up being even more essential because they were not able to hold their primary fundraising event for the past two years.

According to Macy, through Hanson’s efforts WFS has not only retained current sponsors but also found new donors and raised funds to continue serving their mission.

“Through her efforts Winters Farm to School was able to continue helping Cathy Olsen and her staff at the Winters schools provide nearly 3,600 meals weekly during the pandemic,” Macy said.

Hanson said some of her highlights from working with WFS has included:
Working in the school garden, knowing that the children would be able to see food grow, learn about the process and then consume the garden’s bounty.
Seeing firsthand what Olsen and her Winters School Food Services team were able to do in the face of COVID restrictions and to know we were supporting their heroic efforts.

Hanson said she felt honored to receive the recognition and lucky to work with the women on the WFS board.

“Volunteering with Winters Farm to School has truly been a privilege. The whole organization is selfless and stays focused on helping to meet the nutritional needs of the Winters school children,” Hanson said. “I am so amazed and appreciative of the generosity that the Winters community has shown to support our efforts, from local businesses to farmers to many individual supporters who have stepped up to help us with our mission.”

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