KeyBank and FreePressMedia announce winners in Build a Stronger Vermont grant competition

On December 13th KeyBank announced the winners of the KeyBank Build a Stronger Vermont Grant Competition at the KeyBank/Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party. Vermont Works for Women will receive a grant of $25,000 from KeyBank Foundation for their FRESH Food program. Five other finalists will split grants totaling an additional $28,000.

The FRESH Food program, started by Vermont Works for Women, is a training program that provides women with the necessary skills and experience needed to work in professional kitchens. FRESH Food is a member of the Vermont Fresh Network and works with more than 20 local and regional vendors to prepare locally sourced, healthy meals while teaching women the skills necessary to succeed in the food service industry.

Build a Stronger Vermont finalists were selected by a panel of judges based on their work toward advancing financial literacy and workplace development. The judging panel included Tom Torti, president, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce; Martha Maksym, executive director, United Way of Chittenden County; Roger Hess, vice president and general manager, WFFF-TV, Nexstar Broadcasting; Jim Fogler, president and publisher, Free Press Media; and Don Baker, president, Vermont Market, KeyBank.

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