• In the Spotlight: 2015 SE Raleigh Mini-Grantees

    Posted on March 23, 2015 by in Blog, Mini-Grants


    Join me in congratulating our 2015 SE Raleigh Mini-Grantees!

    We are thrilled to see all the good that out partnering non-profits have to offer our communities. Stay tuned for our Harnett and Lee County Mini-Grantees coming up later this week.

    Alliance Medical Ministry Community Gardenamm

    AMM’s garden provides access to free, organic, fresh fruits and vegetables for its patients and neighbors, empowers patients and neighbors to have control over their food choices, develops community, improves the health of their patients with chronic health issues, develops garden skills through “hands-on” education, and offers opportunities for outdoor physical activities and youth volunteer activities.


    Join AMM on Saturday, March 28th, as they dedicate the garden to their patients and kick off the official “garden season” for AMM’s Community Garden. Email Elizabeth Daniel if you’d like to join and bring a friend, your family or co-workers. 

    poe logoThe Poe and Grow Garden is an interactive space for children and families to experience hands-on learning about fresh fruits and vegetables, gardening, and nutrition. Last year, they were awarded a mini-grant and utilized the funds to expand and develop the garden. This year, the Poe Center would be able to continue the success of the garden and will add perennial edible plants.   gow

    Grocers on Wheels has been providing healthy and fresh foods in under-served SE Raleigh neighborhoods. Most recently they’ve contracted with Title 1 schools to provide nutrition awareness education and hope to have fresh foods accessible to youth through experiential learning.  This funding will allow them to expand the areas that they serve by adding more youth, families, and senior living communities, where residents have limited access to grocery stores and other communities in need.  We are excited to learn about the impact that these efforts will continue to bring!

    a safe placeA Safe Place Childcare Grow it, Cook it, Love it is a series of gardening and nutrition education workshops that builds upon the current success of the Growing Healthy Kids initiative, which is focused on supporting the healthy development of children by teaching parents, guardians, and childcare staff how to grow and prepare healthy foods for their families. With this year’s funding, A Safe Place will provide hands-on workshops that cover growing and caring for one’s own urban garden. Those gardens could range from containers on a balcony or porch to small raised beds when space and time allow. Other workshops in the summer would focus on harvesting and preparing healthy family friendly meals with the fresh produce. 


    Passage Home and The Kidz Zone Urban Agriculture Program will collaborate with youth in the Southpark Community about healthy and sustainable food sources that can be grown in the garden. The food grown will provide healthy meals for the after school program along with providing a healthy food source for the Southpark Community. The youth will engage in urban agriculture education involving seeding, weeding, harvesting, and watering vegetables while developing their STEM skill set. 


    NC Fair Share CDC will expand their work by continuing to grow their youth-led community gardens.  This year they will continue to market and grow their garden thanks to the addition of three more plots and will continue to involve youth in growing their own foods and becoming entrepreneurs by learning to contribute to their local food system.     


    With Love From Jesus provides food for approximately 1,000 families each week from their Southeast Raleigh location at 421 Chapanoke Road.  The majority of their guests are from the surrounding areas and each of the families served weekly receive $75 to $100 in resources.  To be able to distribute food to the community, With Love From Jesus will expand their food pantry’s capacity to provide food efficiently. 

    fe36a494c69a87a20650d13427de5b6cEveryday PIONEERS promotes a healthier lifestyle by creating a community garden in SE Raleigh, establishing opportunities for community development, stimulating social interactions, producing nutritious foods, and beautifying the neighborhood. They have been maintaining the garden at 500 Hoke Street in partnership with Interfaith Food Shuttle and will use this grant funding to create and maintain the new garden site and donate the harvest to the neighborhood.

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