Nonprofit hoping to reach "challenge grant" goal of $65,000 from Longwood Foundation

This Groundhog’s Day, skip your planned viewing of the titular Bill Murray movie and instead, help a local nonprofit teach Delaware’s students some healthy living tips.

Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids' unique program model incorporates outdoor, hands-on science lessons for grades kindergarten through eighth that aligns with state content standards, including soil studies and plant lifecycles.

Last year, HFHK received a funding opportunity from the Longwood Foundation, in the form of a “challenge grant” that requires the organization to raise an additional $65,000 beyond their operating budget to receive matching funding.

To that end, HFHK is hosting a Spaghetti Soirée on Ground Hog Day on Feb. 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Christ Church Christiana Hundred, 505 Buck Rd, Wilmington.

The soiree will feature a family friendly spaghetti dinner prepared by Chef Jim Rock from Culinary Architects, an ice cream sundae bar from UDairy Creamery, and silent and basket auctions.

Silent auction items include a family membership to the YMCA, a 2 night stay at Trap Pond cabins, a CSA subscription, wine basket, professional family portraits, among others.  

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According to HFHK founder Thianda Manzara, the matching funds would “truly be a game changer” for the two-person-ran nonprofit.  

“The organization is more than radishes, turnips, and arugula,” she said. “HFHK is about a healthier future for today’s kids.”

HFHK was founded in 2005 by Manzara, with a practical gardening program at Springer Elementary School in the Brandywine School District.

Since then, the program has expanded to over 30 schools throughout Delaware, with a goal of reaching 12,000 kids in the coming year.

For more information on HFHK, visit