Healthy Living gives $91K back to communities

Shoppers’ Register Roundups Help Neighbors in Need

Vermont Business Magazine Continuing its efforts to better the communities it serves, Healthy Living has committed to giving back this year, with the help of shoppers, through its “Together We Can Help” program.

By rounding up purchases to the next dollar, shoppers have contributed to a number of local nonprofit organizations in the South Burlington, Williston, and Saratoga Springs, New York, communities.

Those roundups, along with matches from Healthy Living, totaled $91,146.56 as of Dec. 1.

“The Intervale Center is grateful to Healthy Living and its members for their support of our work in building a community food system that truly cares for people and the planet,” Travis P. Marcotte, Intervale executive director, said. “With these funds we are improving farm viability, taking care of land and water resources, and connecting people with food and nature, both in Burlington’s beloved Intervale and across Vermont.”

Recipient organizations include:

  • ● Williston Community Food Shelf (Williston, VT) — Working to end hunger in the Williston community

  • ● South Burlington Food Shelf (South Burlington, VT) — Working to end hunger in the South Burlington community

  • ● Lund (South Burlington, VT) — Helping children thrive by empowering families to break cycles of poverty, addition and abuse through services including education, treatment, family support and adoption.

  • ● Sara Holbrook Community Center (Burlington, VT) — Providing a safe space for all children in the community to know kindness, support and encouragement through diversity building, amplifying youth voices and emphasizing fun.

  • ● Intervale Center (Burlington, VT) — Strengthening community food systems on a 360-acre campus of farmland, trails and open spaces, via community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, composting, food hubs and incubators.

  • ● Things of My Very Own (Schenectady, NY) — Providing crisis intervention services to children impacted by abuse and/or neglect or who are at-risk for intervention by Child Protective Services.

  • ● Kelly’s Angels, Inc. (Wilton, NY) — Providing grants to benefit children of the Capital Region of New York whose lives have been impacted by the loss of a parent or sibling to illness, families who are battling life-threatening illness and supporting college-bound students who have experienced adversity.

● Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (Saratoga Springs, NY) — Saving thoroughbred horses, no longer able to compete on the racetrack, from neglect, abuse and slaughter.

“Our community has supported Healthy Living for more than 30 years, and it is our true pleasure to support the organizations that help our friends and neighbors,” Healthy Living CEO Eli Lesser-Goldsmith, said. “By working together, we can make a difference. A huge thank-you to our shoppers for seeing the value in contributing and continuing to care about others.”

Healthy Living is an independent natural foods retailer specializing in local, organic and natural foods with stores located in South Burlington and Williston, Vermont and Saratoga Springs, New York. Founded by Katy Lesser in 1986, Healthy Living pioneered natural food stores in Vermont and has expanded to serve its communities with fresh, chef-driven café foods. Healthy Living now employs 350 team members across its three locations and remains a family business led by Lesser and her two children, Eli and Nina. Committed to holding the strictest ingredient standards in the retail industry, Healthy Living is proud to sell the finest and cleanest food at the fairest prices possible while supporting local farmers and producers. For more information, visit

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vermont (12/6/22) — Healthy Living