The Issue: Access to Fresh Produce in Low-Income Areas
An estimated one in four individuals living in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is at risk for hunger, according to the Second Harvest Food Bank. For many of these individuals, particularly those who live in low-income families, it is particularly difficult to access fruits and vegetables, as they are too costly or simply unavailable in their area. Home garden plots and gardening skills can help save these families hundreds of dollars annually, while also ensuring they have a steady supply of fresh, nutritious food.
The Campaign: Providing Families with Garden Plots
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Valley Verde to provide low-income families in the San Jose-area with gardening skills and home garden plots. For every $200 raised, Valley Verde can provide one low-income family with a garden plot and enroll them in a year-round gardening program.
With daily access to fresh, affordable, homegrown vegetables, people can enjoy a healthier lifestyle while also helping their community become more productive and sustainable. Valley Verde works toward this vision for the residents of Santa Clara County. The staff teach individuals from low-income families how to grow and maintain their own organic vegetable gardens through classes and mentoring services, so they can become self-sufficient, lifelong gardeners and share their gardening knowledge with other residents in their communities. To help these low-income families start home gardens at no cost, Valley Verde sells gardening services and kits, using the proceeds to pay for supplies and seedlings. The organization also works to improve the health of Santa Clara County residents through collaborations that help improve existing food system polices and raise awareness of health and environmental issues.
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