HOW WOULD YOU USE THIS GRANT TO HELP YOUR COMMUNITY?
Children living in poverty are statistically undernourished, lacking a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables that provide the vitamins and minerals they need for healthy growth. According to the World Health Organization, insufficient fruit and vegetable consumption can increase the risk of developing a wide range of deadly diseases like cancer, heart diseases and strokes.
There are no grocery stores located in the community that populates Spring Hill Elementary. The area is considered a "Food Desert", or an urban area in which it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food. Many families do not have vehicle transportation and are thereby limited to the number of trips taken to the grocery store each month. These factors contribute to families relying on convenient-store foods, packaged grocery items that have long shelf life, and fast foods. This project will allow students access to fresh fruits and vegetables through the seasons.