Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Grant makes GYSD project possible.

Grow Food, Grow Hope was granted a 2011 Sodexo Youth Grant from Youth Service America!

Grow Food, Grow Hope is very excited to be chosen as one of the recipients of a 2011 Sodexo Youth Grant from Youth Service America. This mini-grant from Youth Service America will be used to bring new kid-friendly garden supplies, kitchen utensils, aprons, and science investigator tools for events at our “Friends of Hope” Community Garden starting with our Global Youth Service Day Event which occurred on April 16th and continuing at garden sessions throughout the growing season!

The first portion of this mini-grant was used for our Global Youth Service Day Project on Saturday to enhance the children's garden at the "Friends Of Hope" Community Garden on Wilmington College's campus. Participants met in the Pyle Center lobby at 1pm to take part in the day's project. Using recycled containers as molds, they created new mosaic stepping stones out of cement to replace the wooden stepping stones in the garden. Also during their afternoon on-campus, the participants received a lesson on the importance of gardening and eating fresh food. They had the opportunity to take part in a kid-friendly "Kids in the Kitchen" cooking demonstration where they made and tasted a stir-fried cabbage dish.

After this initial event, the stepping stones, garden tools, kitchen equipment, and other materials will be used weekly at the "Friends of Hope" Community Garden sessions. Each week's lesson will meet State of Ohio academic content standards to ensure children are learning information they can take both to their homes and to their school. Lessons will not only be about gardening, but also have components of literacy, science, and social studies to ensure a well-rounded garden experience.

We want to once again thank Youth Service America for awarding Grow Food, Grow Hope this mini-grant and thank all the youth who participated in our Global Youth Service Day event on Saturday, April 16th. Want to see how it went? Check out our Facebook Album!

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