Healthy Living Gives $119k Back to Communities in 2021 (Saratoga)

In 2021, shoppers at Healthy Living and Café’s three locations rounded their purchases to the next dollar — and raised $119,193 for local nonprofits.

Through the Together We Can Help front-end fundraising campaign, guests at the Saratoga store and others in South Burlington and Williston, Vermont, locations chose to give to regional organizations — and the people who utilize their services.

Quarter 4 recipients included, in Saratoga, Lake Luzerne-based Double H Ranch, which received $8,575.

In Vermont the South Burlington Food Shelf received $6,937, the Williston Community Food Shelf received $4,923, and Spectrum Youth and Family Services received $11,860.

These gifts include a match from Healthy Living, in the amount of $7,500 in Quarter 4.

Double H Ranch serves children dealing with life-threatening illnesses with specialized programs and year-round support, enriching their lives and providing memorable camp experiences in the Adirondacks — free of charge.

“On behalf of the entire Double H Ranch family, I want to express our deepest appreciation for the amazing fundraising efforts that Healthy Living in Saratoga undertook to support our mission and inspirational campers,” the organization’s CEO Max Yurenda said. “This effort represents another perfect example of how our community comes together to enhance the lives of others in greater need.”

Since it opened in 1993, the organization has served more than 60,000 children, according to its website. Its founders are actor and food entrepreneur Paul Newman and Charles R. Wood, known for his amusement park enterprises in Lake George.

Shyann, from New Jersey, is quoted on the nonprofit’s website saying, “I can definitely say that for the past 4 years that I have been at Double H, they have treated me like family, and I really love that about this camp.”

Spectrum empowers teenagers, young adults and their families to make and sustain positive changes through prevention, intervention and life skills services, and the Vermont food shelves work to ensure neighbors are fed.

“We are thrilled to provide these donations to such important community partners,” said Eli Lesser-Goldsmith, CEO of Healthy Living. “Our shoppers care about the world in which they live, they share our values and they, just like us, want to help their neighbors. Together we can make a difference.” Guests can continue to help local nonprofits year-round by opting to round up when checking out — as seen by these donations, a few cents can contribute to a much larger total.


Healthy Living and Café is an independent retailer of 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 320 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