HIGH NOTES: Flowers for nonprofits, helping the disabled

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In Saratoga County, a new program by Hannaford supermarkets will benefit Cornell Cooperative Extension Saratoga County’s Farm to School Program. Under the supermarket chain’s Bloomin’ 4 Good Program, when customers purchase a Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet with the red circle sticker for $12 at a designated local store, the company will donate $1 to a local nonprofit each month. Throughout January, those customers purchasing the specially marked flowers at the Hannaford on Round Lake Road in Ballston Lake will have $1 donated to the Farm to School program. The program helps acquire locally sourced products on school lunch menus, instill agricultural education in the classroom and helps bridge the gap in the younger generation’s understanding of where our food comes from. For more information about the program, visit www.ccesaratoga.org. For more information about the Hannaford Bloomin’ 4 Good Program, visit: https://hannaford.bloomin4good.com/bloomin-4-good/.

In Schenectady, NYSARC Trust Services is helping people with disabilities in Schenectady County by awarding a grant of $27,760 to Schenectady ARC. Schenectady ARC is a local nonprofit organization that provides services and support to more than 1,000 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Capital Region and their families. The grant will support guardianship and recreational opportunities for disabled individuals in the county. Schenectady ARC has used recreation grant funds to create a series of programs via Zoom to enable the people they support in residential homes, the day program and in the community to stay connected, active and engaged during the continued challenges of COVID restrictions. NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts and pooled trusts that can make dramatic improvements to the lives of people with disabilities by enabling individuals to maintain eligibility for Medicaid and other means-tested government benefit programs. In 2021, NYSARC Trust Services awarded a total of $3 million to Arc New York Chapters statewide. To learn more about Schenectady ARC, find them on Facebook or visit www.arcschenectady.org.For more informationon NYSARC Trust Services, call (518) 439-8323 or visit: www.nysarctrustservices.org.

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