Join me in congratulating our 2015 Lee County and Harnett County Mini-Grantees!
We are proud to be partnering with ten wonderful local non-profits that are working to expand access to healthy, affordable food and safe places to be active within our communities.
Harnett Voices for Community and Leadership Development is establishing the Community Garden for Community Good. They will be working with local corner stores to increase the availability of healthy foods for community residents in Bunnlevel and Shawtown. Harnett County Cooperative Extension staff and the Harnett County Health Department will contribute by offering educational programs in conjunction with the garden.
McLean Chapel Free Will Baptist Church is establishing the On Pointe Community Garden to increase the availability of healthy foods for community residents in Bunnlevel. The project plans to provide classes on healthy preparation of produce harvested from the garden as well as classes on how to preserve/can produce from the garden.
Southeastern North Carolina Radio Reading Service provides access to printed information for individuals who cannot read conventional print because of blindness or any other visual, physical or learning disability. They will be utilizing their mini-grant funds to expand their service reach through online streaming as well as adding nutrition education and healthy living programming to their line up. Visit their website to learn more about their exciting services. http://www.sencrrs.org/
Abundant Living Ministries in Sanford will be utilizing their mini-grant funds to create a food pantry. Their pantry will be working with the Cooperative Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) to provide nutrition education and food demonstrations to participants and parishioners. Abundant Living Ministries will also be acquiring a blood pressure monitor so that they can offer regular blood pressure checks.
Cameron Grove African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Broadway will be continuing their community gardening efforts by installing multiple raised garden beds. They will also continue to donate 50% of the produce grown in the garden to the needy at their church and within the community.
Communities in Schools of Lee County will be supporting the SPRINT Club of San Lee Middle School’s participation in the Fayetteville 5K color run. The SPRINT Club is a couch to 5K after-school club for girls in grades 6-8. The mini-grant funds will be used for 5k entry fees, physical training prior to the event, nutrition and physical education classes, and food demonstrations.
First Baptist Church of Sanford runs a program called “Fit for the Purpose” that provides Zumba classes three times per week for $1 per session. The mini-grant will allow these classes to grow in size and capacity by funding an Ipad and block rocker for music and content for the class, and a portable stage for increased visibility of the instructor. Zumba is a great form of exercise for individuals of all ages and fitness levels. To find out more, visit: http://www.firstbaptistsanford.com/
Peace and Unity Community Garden is a produce garden located off of Washington Avenue, adjacent to Horton Park in Sanford that helps increase access to fresh, affordable, healthy foods. Individuals, families, or organizations can acquire plots to grow their own vegetables from May through August. Mini-grant funds will be used to continue the garden and expand its community offerings by purchasing gardening supplies, a portable generator and community games (i.e. horse shoes, tether ball and corn bag toss). The garden will be holding its Kick Off Event on Saturday, April 11th from 9am-noon. To find out more about the garden, email email@example.com or visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/peaceandunitygarden . The
Salvation Army of Lee County, located in Sanford, has been engaged in feeding the hungry in Lee County 52 weeks of every year since 1984. They will be using their mini-grant funds to increase the capacity of their Food Pantry to efficiently serve clients and reach a wider client base by purchasing storage shelves, a hand truck, a bushel cart, and signage. The
Stevens Center provides support for individuals with developmental disabilities to live fulfilling lives. They will be using the mini-grant funds to establish a community garden. They will also be working with the Lee Cooperative Extension to provide classes in food canning. Visit their website at stevenscenter.org .