In communities across DC, individuals face a regular struggle to find an adequate supply of food, with one in eight households facing food insecurity in 2007–2009. Turning to local food pantries and soup kitchens can stave off hunger but will not always promote nutritious eating, creating the potential for diet-related medical problems and long-term health concerns. To help establish a reliable source of nutrition for those in search of food assistance, Bread for the City—which fortifies DC's low-income neighborhoods with broad-ranging services and resources such as free medical clinics, food pantries, and case management—has established two rooftop gardens where it hopes to grow a wide assortment of produce.
Located atop the organization's centers in the northwest and southeast corners of the city, the gardens will help bring fresh food to families in need and empower community members to work toward a future without hunger. At the recently expanded Northwest Center, the rooftop garden includes 30 raised beds and more than 3,500 square feet of growing space, making it one of the largest rooftop-agricultural sites in the region. The Southeast Center's garden will utilize a variety of different containers, such as planters, tires, and repurposed barbecue grills, to further enhance the organization's crop yield. These gardens will provide vegetables and herbs for Bread for the City's food pantries as well as for use in cooking workshops. In addition to feeding hungry local families, the gardens transform previously unused spaces into venues for health-related learning and dialogue.
Join G-Team and donate $10 to help Bread for the City cultivate its rooftop gardens. An anonymous donor will match G-Team donations up to a total of $2,000. If G-Team members raise $500, Bread for the City can purchase 100 plants for its gardens. Each additional $10 raised will fund two more plants. G-Team members who register their donations by the day of the event are also invited to the Grow for the City garden party to support the rooftop gardens, held at the Northwest Center on May 20 from 3 p.m.–6 p.m. The center's garden is not wheelchair accessible.
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All donations matched up to $2,000.