In Lawrence, KS, Sunrise Project connects people of all ages & backgrounds to good food, community & the environment. 4 core programs: Lawrence Fruit Tree Project, SunRISE Youth Activists, Food Rocket, & Healthy Sprouts farm to preschool. Programming is expanding with the move into the former Sunrise Garden Center which creates a safe, fun and inclusive neighborhood center for shared community learning. More info at

Emily Hampton, ED & co-founder, has provided organizational leadership for Sunrise Project for 2 years. Previously, Hampton served as Development & Communications Manager at Communities In Schools of Mid-America; Lead Coordinator for the Farm to Preschool program in Douglas Co; Vice Chair & member of the Douglas Co Food Policy Council. She isChair-Elect for the Healthy Kids Workgroup of LiveWell Lawrence.

Melissa Freiburger, Director of Programs, has experience coordinating & directing health initiatives. Previous roles include Farm to Preschool Educator & Technical Assistance Specialist for the CDC’s National Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative Project. Freiburger is a member of Healthy Food For All, of LiveWell Lawrence; co-chair of Cordley Elem School’s Farm to School committee; and is founder & Site Leader for Hollaback Lawrence.

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