Healthy Food, Green & Growing Initiative
St. John's provides low-cost medical, dental and mental health care to patients in South LA, regardless of ability to pay. This area has disproportionately high rates of diabetes and obesity and a dearth of access to healthy food. The Healthy Food Green & Growing Initiative (HFGG) is a new program that provides direct access to fresh fruits and vegetables in South Los Angeles through edible gardens, with a focus on St. John’s patients who have been diagnosed with or are at risk for obesity, diabetes and hypertension. The core program of the HFGG initiative is providing St. John’s pediatric obesity patients and their families with the materials, tools, and basic gardening skills to create and maintain their very own edible parkway gardens. Each parkway garden is a 2x4 foot raised bed space with room to grow at least 8 edible plants in the public parkways (between the sidewalk and street). Through two initial dig-in days, over 100 volunteers have helped 45 families receive garden starter boxes and these families are now successfully growing healthy food in their parkways. Additionally, a subset of these families has participated in basic gardening and nutrition classes held at St. John’s. Garden leaders from the community have started to be identified to help take leadership roles in expanding the program through doing education and outreach to neighbors, family, and friends.
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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