The Issue: Food Insecurity and Obesity in Young People
In Santa Fe's Tierra Contenta neighborhood, children experience high rates of food insecurity and poverty, with many of them eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. And according to 2007 data from the New Mexico Department of Health, Santa Fe youth have higher levels of obesity, lower rates of physical activity, and receive less nutritious food than the state's average. Lack of access to fresh produce can significantly contribute to obesity.
The Campaign: Help Youth Build Garden Beds for Fresh Food
If this Grassroots campaign raises $230, then Earth Care can build a garden bed for Zona del Sol’s Youth and Community Garden. Youth participants in Earth Care’s Youth Allies program will construct the garden this spring and summer, under the supervision of Earth Care staff members and community volunteers. Each additional $10 donation raised will help fund another $230 garden bed for the community garden.
Zona del Sol, a collaboration of local nonprofits and Tierra Contenta residents, helps improve access to resources such as recreational spaces, childcare, and mentoring services for residents of Tierra Contenta and its surrounding neighborhoods. Because there are few grocery stores in the area, this community garden will provide local families with opportunities to gain access to fresh produce.
To celebrate the launch of Groupon Grassroots, Groupon will provide a $1,000 kickoff grant to this campaign.
Earth Care provides programming that aims to empower and educate youth to foster healthy, sustainable communities. Programs emphasize food justice, sustainable practices in schools, and civic engagement of young people through its Youth Allies program, which provides leadership opportunities that engage youth in social and environmental issues through grassroots campaigns, conferences, and community-action projects.