Food Bank of South Jersey Healthy Living Initiative Garden
The Food Bank of South Jersey’s Healthy Living Initiative (HLI) Garden will support the FBSJ’s mission of feeding hungry people, teaching them to eat nutritiously, and helping them to find sustainable ways to improve their lives by providing fresh produce that will be used for HLI cooking classes and demonstrations. HLI is an innovative program that provides in-need community members with hands-on nutrition education and recipes made with low-cost foods and affordable (seasonable) fresh produce. HLI is the FBSJ’s premiere nutrition education program, and the only one in our four county service area of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Salem counties that targets low-income and food insecure children and families with the purpose to promote healthy eating and nutrition education. The garden will not only allow the FBSJ to include more fresh produce in its HLI recipes, but the FBSJ will incorporate community-garden education into its HLI classes, encouraging community members to start gardens that will benefit their own communities. Videos featuring garden activities and cooking demonstration using the produce will be placed on our Web site and Facebook page and made accessible to community members and feeding agencies to be used for instruction and/or inspiration.
The 92 sq. ft. garden will be built on the FBSJ’s property and will consist of 7 raised garden beds. Eventually, the FBSJ would like to add a greenhouse in order to grow items year-round. The garden will be maintained by the FBSJ staff and a group of dedicated volunteers who have already shown great interest in the project, including local garden clubs and master gardeners.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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