By: Bob Stokes, President, Galveston Bay Foundation
This blog is one in a series focused on the impact of coastal restoration in mitigating the effects of pollutant runoff in vulnerable waterways, leading to harmful algal blooms. These environmental organizations, supported by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, are on the front lines of our nation’s water quality issues. This series highlights their important work.
Program aims to connect one million Head Start children to garden education, fresh food each year
Too many children and families living in at-risk communities don’t have access to enough fresh, healthy food. And far too many of them have never had the opportunity to see, taste or eat some of the garden’s best-tasting, good-for-you produce.
Studies show that many children from at-risk backgrounds don’t have access to fresh produce on a daily basis. However, research also shows that children who grow fresh food eat more fresh food and are healthier as a result.
Sarah Pounders, Education Specialist, KidsGardening
Need a little inspiration for working with young children in your garden? Tying gardens to treasured books is an excellent way to engage young children in gardening activities and help fuel their love of reading by connecting books to hands-on activities.
The school pantry feeds 92 kindergarten through 5th grade students each week, giving them a backpack full of food to keep them from going hungry over evenings and weekends when school meals aren’t available. Many of the kids take food home to feed younger siblings too. To date, the school pantry hasn’t been able to offer fresh fruit or vegetables; but that’s about to change.
This Earth Day, and Every Day, ScottsMiracle-Gro commits to bringing the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to the kids who need them most
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From healthy food access to social connectedness, gardens provide powerful benefits to communities, to families, and most importantly, to children’s lives. That’s why ScottsMiracle-Gro launched the Gro More Good initiative with a commitment to connect 10 million children to the benefits of gardens and greenspaces over the next five years.
On the First Day of Spring, March 20, 2019, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation announced its 2019 Gro More Good Grassroots Grantees with KidsGardening. The Gro More Good Grassroots Grants initiative focuses its support on garden and greenspace projects that connect more children with the life-enhancing and transformative benefits of gardening.
Gro More Good initiative will improve children’s health and well-being through increased connections to gardening, fresh food, and time spent outdoors
MARYSVILLE, Ohio, February 14, 2019 /3BL Media/ – The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company today announced the launch of Gro More Good, a national initiative that will bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens and greenspaces to 10 million children over the next five years.