Product Donation Program
Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” We couldn’t agree more. That’s why Vitamix is partnering with select 501(c)(3) organizations and hospital programs that share our passion for whole-food nutrition.
Vitamix chooses partners on an invitation-only basis, and donates high-performance blenders to these groups, making quality nutrition and education accessible to those who need it most. Many of the organizations use the blenders for their education and outreach programs, while our hospital partners pass donated or discounted blenders on to qualifying families with a special medical need.
To receive an invitation, organizations must serve communities in one of the following areas:
- Educating young children about nutritional choices and the benefits of healthy eating habits
- Making healthy food choices accessible to those who are coping with significant health challenges
- Supporting the needs of children with complex medical conditions, for whom a blended diet is medically appropriate
Meet Our Partners:
We Inspire Smart Eating (WISE), a project out of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Louisiana Tech University, provides training and curricula to promote healthy food attitudes in preschool and elementary students. Educators use WISE to encourage kids and families to discover fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits in authentic, developmentally appropriate ways. Utilizing research-based evidence and best practices, WISE has shown success at increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables at home and supporting children’s long-term growth and development of healthy food attitudes.
Charlie Cart Project
The Charlie Cart Project is a hands-on nutrition education program on wheels. The program centers around the Charlie Cart – a compact mobile kitchen complete with appliances and cooking equipment, a fully integrated K-5 curriculum, and training. With this comprehensive set of resources, the Charlie Cart Project removes the obstacles to teaching kids about food. The program is currently in over 30 sites in more than 12 states, including public and private school districts, food banks, libraries, hospitals, and other social service agencies where resources are constrained.
FoodCorps believes every school should be a healthy school, and every childregardless of race, place, or class—deserves to be well-nourished and ready to learn. In underserved communities across the country, its AmeriCorps leaders teach students about healthy food through hands-on lessons, partner with farmers and food service workers to create nutritious and delicious school meals, and collaborate with communities to inspire a long-term culture of health. Building on this foundation of direct impact, FoodCorps pursues systemic strategies that will benefit all of our nation’s 100,000 schools.
Project Learning Garden
Project Learning Garden encourages educators to use gardens as an extension of the traditional classroom. School gardens provide an opportunity for hands-on learning in every discipline, including math, science, health, social studies, and language arts. This integrative approach provides a variety of benefits to students, including increased engagement with learning, opportunities for outdoor physical activity, and a developed palate for fresh fruits and vegetables by taste-testing healthy foods from the garden and using the fully-equipped garden cooking cart.
The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® program is a free “home away from home” for cancer patients and their families who are traveling for treatment. More than just a place to stay, Hope Lodge is a nurturing community where patients support each other in an environment that promotes healing. In 2016, the American Cancer Society provided more than 44,000 patients and their caregivers with 267,000 complimentary nights of free lodging in 30 Hope Lodge locations nationwide, saving cancer patients an estimated $36 million in hotel costs.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Since 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has led a revolution in medicine. The Physicians Committee empowers the medical community and beyond by advancing preventive medicine, especially good nutrition, and the implementation of clinical research. The Physicians Committee’s widely popular Food for Life nutrition and cooking classes translate the latest scientific research on nutrition to help people combat diet-related diseases and show them how to use simple recipes that can be easily recreated at home.
Vitamix Culinary Medicine Program
The Vitamix Culinary Medicine Program recognizes and supports institutions that are making a commitment to culinary medicine through education and teaching kitchens. We partner with select medical schools and residency programs to provide blending equipment, training, recipes, and other resource tools to support their efforts to develop hands-on culinary skills, giving physicians vital tools to benefit their current and future patients.
Our first priority is to work with medical schools that have a teaching kitchen and are committed to culinary medicine. In special circumstances where there is the potential to have significant impact, this program can be offered in settings beyond medical schools, such as residency programs.
- Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
- The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine - Tulane University
- Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
- University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
- West Virginia School of Medicine
- Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
- Church Health
- Northwestern Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine
- Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, Culinary Medicine program
- University of Dayton - Grandview Medical Center
- St Barnabas Center for Culinary Medicine and Teaching Kitchen
- Free Library of Philadelphia Culinary Literacy Center
Vitamix® works with select hospitals throughout the country that offer special programs for children with feeding and swallowing challenges, for whom a blended diet may be medically appropriate. Through these programs, we are able to help clinically qualified families receive a product discount or donation, based on their financial need.