History

The MLG Foundation was created in 2008 by Charlottesville residents Mike and Ellen Geismar. As Mike and Ellen were growing their family and business, they learned about the prevalence of food insecurity in Charlottesville and committed themselves to ensuring that all children in our community have reliable access to healthy food, especially outside of school.

After extensive conversations with community members and nonprofit leaders, they decided to implement a dual approach of strategic grant making and program delivery to make the most impact. They formed The MLG Foundation as a family foundation to provide grants to area nonprofits whose work focuses on children and families, education, health and hunger. At the same time, they created the PB&J Fund to function as a nonprofit delivering programs.

In 2013, after thoughtful consideration about the growth PB &J programs had experienced, it became a sole member LLC owned by The MLG Foundation, which continues to provide oversite and funding. This decision solidified PB &J’s future as well as the foundation’s priority in the mission of The PB &J Fund.

The PB&J Fund continues to be the foundation’s flagship program that empowers children and families through culinary and nutritional education, while improving access to affordable, healthful food for under-resourced community members. Please visit www.pbandjfund.org to learn more!

Since its inception, the MLG Foundation has given over $5 million to the Charlottesville and surrounding communities through grants and its investment in the PB&J Fund. They are proud of the critically important work being done throughout their community by grantees and are humbled to support these efforts.