STRATTON - The Stratton Foundation has announced that through the generous support of winter events it is distributing $100,000 to support the well-being and academic success of underprivileged youth throughout the community.

Started in 1996, the Foundation finds and fortifies relationships with community leaders and institutions that have an on-the-ground perspective, ability to execute, and metrics to evaluate programs that directly address the challenges that stand between children in-need and a path to succeed in school. Funding provided by the Stratton Foundation's "Moving Mountains" targets interconnecting issues that go beyond a family's capacity to care for their children including basic necessities of food and winter clothing and access to health/dental care.

Unlike other areas in the United States, virtually all of Vermont poverty is rural without access to city centers or resources. The southern Vermont region is also plagued with generational-cyclical poverty. Schools within the Foundation footprint report that 40-60 percent of children receive Federal Free-Reduced Priced meals.

The Stratton Foundation is responding to this problem. Over the past two years, $185,000 in "Moving Mountains" grants has been distributed to the surrounding towns of Stratton Mountain, reaching hundreds of children.

Thanks to generous donations and proceeds from events like the 24 Hours of Stratton, the Taste of Vermont, and "Snowlight in Vermont," the Stratton Foundation allocates funds to caring for the community. This year, the Stratton Foundation also supported families that have experienced an episode of emergency, a kid's summer lunch program, local community food cupboards, and assistance with heat and warmth through long Vermont winters.

To learn more or to donate, visit www.strattonfoundation.org or call 802-297-2096.