• Congratulations to the 2016 Voices into Action Mini-Grants

    Posted on February 12, 2016 by in Blog, Harnett County, Lee County, Mini-Grants, Wake County

    by Zandra Alford and Helen Herrera

    We are proud to partner with fifteen wonderful local organizations that are working to expand access to healthy, affordable food and safe places to be active in Lee and Western Harnett Counties, and Southeast Raleigh.


    Western Harnett County:

    • Campbell University is starting a campus kitchen project where university students will provide hot meals and nutrition education to local after school programs on a monthly, and eventually, bi-monthly basis. Mini-grant funds will be used to advertise the program, buy cooking equipment,, and to purchase educational materials. For further information contact: Abbi Davis (adavis@campbell.edu, 910-814-4726) or visit their website (http://www.campuskitchens.org/).
    • Harnett County Childcare Resource provides training and technical assistance to childcare centers in Harnett County. They are using mini-grant funds to support six childcare centers in implementing school garden programs and to promote nutrition education among the students they serve. For more information contact: Lauren McDowell (lmcdowell@harnett.org, 910-814-6039) or visit their website (http://hcccrr.weebly.com/).
    • Harnett County Cooperative Extension offers the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), a nutrition education program for low-income adults with children 19 and younger living in the home. They are using mini-grant funds to create educational materials and purchase exercise equipment such as hand weights and tubing for class participants. For more information or if you’d like to join a class, contact: Debbie Stephenson (Debbie_Stephenson@ncsu.edu, 910-893-7530) or visit their website (https://www.ncfamilieseatingbetter.org/EFNEP/).
    • Harnett County Partnership for Children supports licensed childcare centers that work with children ages 0-5. Mini-grant funds will be used to purchase exercise equipment needed to implement yoga classes at 10-12 childcare centers in Harnett County. For more information contact: Lynda Turlington (lynda.turlington@harnettsmartstart.org, 910-893-2344) or visit their website (http://www.harnettsmartstart.org/).

    Lee County:

    • Central Carolina Community College’s Lee County College and Career Readiness Office in Sanford will be using their mini-grant to create a community garden where students can learn about growing food and nutrition education. They provide free programs, like adult basic education and English as a Second Language to students 16 years of age and older.. For more information contact: Sandra Thompson (sthom589@cccc.edu, 919-777-7726) or visit their website (http://www.cccc.edu/ecd/college-career-readiness/).
    • Peace and Unity Community Garden is located near Horton Park in Sanford. Mini-grant funds will be used to continue the garden by purchasing gardening supplies and equipment. Anyone can acquire plots to grow their own vegetables from May through August or work in the community garden. To find out more about the garden visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/peaceandunitygarden.
    • The Stevens Center and the Stepping Stones Childcare Center provide support for individuals with developmental disabilities and inclusive childcare for children of all abilities. Mini-grant funds will be used to maintain a garden at the Steven’s Center and to start a childcare garden at the Stepping Stones Childcare Center. To find out more about the garden visit their website (stevenscenter.org) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/StevensCenter/).
    • West Lee Middle School in Sanford will be using their mini-grant to expand their on-site school garden by building more raised garden beds where students will learn to grow their own food. The school will also host an after-school garden-based nutrition education program for members of the AVID program (http://www.lee.k12.nc.us/domain/2510, http://www.avid.org/) and the Future Farmers of America (FFA) club (https://www.ffa.org/home).

    Southeast Raleigh:

    • The Poe Center will be using mini-grant funds to buy garden supplies to expand their hands-on learning garden within the PlayWELL Park, where youth participants, their families, and community members can learn about gardening, healthy eating, and physical activity. To learn more about the Poe Center, visit: http://www.poehealth.org/.
    • A Safe Place Childcare will purchase garden and cooking equipment needed to provide hands-on workshops that cover growing and caring for one’s own urban garden, and harvesting and preparing healthy family friendly meals. To learn more about A Safe Place Childcare, visit: http://www.asafeplacechildcare.com/.
    • Neighbor to Neighbor, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving youth and families, is using the mini-grant funds to expand their garden and add a hoop house while providing youth with entrepreneur skills learned as they grow and sell the harvested food. For more information about Neighbor to Neighbor, visit: http://www.n2noutreach.org/.
    • Loaves and Fishes Ministry will be using mini-grant funds to continue its mission of serving youth and their families by providing nutrition education classes and expanding their community garden. The funds will be used to purchase garden and nutrition education materials. For more information, visit: https://lafchildren.org/

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