TerraVita Educational Foundation

"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

We concur... TerraVita exists to support a greater promise within our community. This festival began with a single event that grew into a festival, devoted to promoting education in sustainability. We’ve been giving back to our community since the very beginning, but in 2016 we took it a step further and started the TerraVita Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3), dedicated to promoting and executing educational initiatives around nutrition and healthy eating. In particular, we feel that engaging children and exposing them to nutritional education early can make a tremendous difference in their lives that will reverberate throughout their respective communities. We hope you will join us in our greater mission of giving back!

In 2018, the TerraVita Educational Foundation is partnering with Hungry Harvest during the four-day festival to pack 750 boxes of nonperishable foods and fresh produce for local families through TABLE. Hungry Harvest is a farm-to- doorstep rescued produce delivery service that expanded to central North Carolina from Baltimore in January 2018. Since that expansion, they have rescued 15,000 pounds of produce in our state. They work with farmers and wholesalers to recover their surplus and their “aesthetically challenged” produce, assemble it into variety boxes, and deliver it to doorsteps every week. Each delivery saves at least 10 pounds of produce from going to waste.

delivered more than 100,000 bags of fresh food

Nearly 30 percent of kids in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro City Schools district are food insecure and rely on the National School Lunch program to eat. These children are most at risk for hunger during the weekends, holidays and summer months. This is where TABLE comes in. In just 10 years, TABLE has delivered more than 100,000 bags of fresh food and healthy nonperishables directly to kids at their school, within after school programs, or to their homes.

raised more than $55,000 for local organizations

Since our founding in 2010, TerraVita has raised more than $55,000 for local organizations, including the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, CHOP NC (Culinary Historians of Piedmont), the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and TABLE, a Chapel Hill- and Carrboro-based nonprofit committed to providing healthy emergency food to hungry children each week.