In spring of 2020, in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, school closures, and a deepening food access crisis fueled by the impacts of systemic inequities, especially racial inequities, and that many Georgians have been suffering under for generations, CPF quickly stood up Project Giving Gardens. By teaming up locally with 100+ Atlanta PLG school gardens, Food Well Alliance [and their 20+ community gardens], and 10+ urban growers, underused gardens were put to work growing fresh produce for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, neighborhood food pantries, and families in the surrounding school communities.
With growing interest to expand the program, CPF partnered with the Edible Schoolyard Project, Conscious Kitchen, and Food Connect in the San Francisco Bay area to launch PGG into Oakland Unified School District, Marin County, and surrounding areas. In 2021, Project Giving Garden activated 108 PLG school gardens in Atlanta, Marin County and OUSD these gardens committed their arable land to growing food for local food pantries and families.
Between 2020 & 2021, Project Giving Gardens grew and distributed over 120,000 pounds of fresh, organically grown food (nearly 500,000 servings!) in the summer months.
What does your support provide?
Pays an Urban Farmer to plant, maintain, and Harvest 8-10 Project Giving Gardens for 8 (eight) weeks in the summer.
Per month for management of Project Giving Gardens program.
Cost, per Project Giving Garden, for the 8 (eight) week growing season in the summer.
Pays for irrigation systems for 2 (two) Project Giving Gardens for the entire 8 (eight) weeks of summer growing.
Provides all the garden based tools a Project Giving Garden needs to thrive, including a hand-washing station, scales for weighing the harvest, and all other garden tools.
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