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C.A.R.E.S. Program Benefits Camp Taylor Children
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A $50,000 grant from the Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. Foundation was recently presented to the local Central Valley non-profit Camp Taylor with camp attendees and officials sharing a smile with Save Mart representatives at the check presentation. Photo Contributed

The Save Mart Companies C.A.R.E.S. Foundation recently announced a $50,000 grant to local Central Valley non-profit Camp Taylor. The donation will go towards bringing back Camp Taylor’s Kitchen Program this new year. The Kitchen Program is designed to help educate children about heart healthy snacks with nutritional value and how to prepare them. Save Mart has store locations in both Oakdale and Riverbank.

“A healthy lifestyle begins with heart healthy snacks,” expressed Stacia Levenfeld, C.A.R.E.S. Foundation board member. “It is important that children learn that healthy snacks can also be delicious. We are beyond excited to once again partner with Camp Taylor and help bring back their Kitchen Program.”

Camp Taylor is the first ever medically supervised residential camp facility designed and dedicated for children fighting heart diseases and will rename the program to “Camp Taylor’s Save Mart Kitchen Program”.

Since 2002, Camp Taylor has been dedicated to creating positive, self-affirming experiences that bring joy to children living with heart defects while deepening their understanding of the disease, inspiring and empowering them to lead fulfilling lives. Camp Taylor expands the resources available to this traditionally underserved community and has become the leading provider of uplifting programs benefiting pediatric cardiac patients and their families.

“We are grateful to the C.A.R.E.S. Foundation for using their power to help create an environment where kids fighting a life-threatening disease are happy,” said Kimberlie Gamino, Camp Taylor’s Founder and Executive Director. “The Camp Taylor’s Save Mart Kitchen Program aims to educate children about heart healthy snacks with nutritional value and will teach the children how to prepare snacks and meals that will help their heart. A fun and hands-on learning approach will educate the children to develop healthier eating that we hope becomes a habit for them. The world needs more companies like Save Mart because they really ‘care’ about our community and children.”

The Save Mart Companies’ C.A.R.E.S. Foundation donated over $450,000 in 2019 to over five dozen local organizations throughout California and Northern Nevada. C.A.R.E.S. stands for Community, Arts, Recreation, Education and Sports and focuses on improving lives under these categories. For more information, visit, under the Community tab.