Just BARE®, a St. Cloud, MN, brand of premium natural chicken, announces its commitment to raising goodness by sponsoring two local garden programs in 2015. Just BARE is teaming up with Roots for the Home Team, a program for Twin Cities-based urban youth that develops and sells salads at professional baseball games. The brand will also be working with Urban Roots, a Saint Paul-based organization with a mission to build vibrant and healthy communities through food, conservation and youth development.

“Supporting Roots for the Home Team and Urban Roots helps bring to life our mission of providing good food for more people by feeding people’s passions for a healthier future,” said Rory Bidinger, brand advocacy and marketing manager for the Just BARE brand. “Having the opportunity to work with Twin Cities’ youth to teach the benefits of garden cultivation, environmental practices and healthy eating is a truly wonderful and gratifying experience for all of us behind the Just BARE brand.”

As a sponsor since the program’s inception in 2012, Just BARE provides financial support to Roots for the Home Team, a groundbreaking program that partners with youth garden programs in ethnically diverse areas of the Twin Cities. Roots’ participants from Minneapolis and Saint Paul roll up their sleeves to learn how to plant and nurture veggies and herbs then pairs the produce with creativity by developing delicious salad recipes that are served at Target Field during Minnesota Twins’ weekend home games. Created, named and sold by Roots youth, the salads sold also have Just BARE chicken as a protein option.  

Just BARE will also support Urban Roots’ summer garden events through in-kind donations of Just BARE chicken boneless skinless chicken breasts and thighs. Two Urban Roots events will unite 60 youth interns with chefs. The July 21 event will feature a local chef working with youth to create classic Creole dishes, along with an opportunity to participate in a professional development workshop, which includes mock interviews and resume building. During the July 28 event, youth will receive culinary training from another local Twin Cities chef who will be stirring up Indian specialties.