Nearly 1 in 4 households with children reported food hardship and more than 25% of working families in Colorado do not have enough food to meet their basic needs. By transforming 40 lawns into organic gardens, we can provide the produce to feed 120 Colorado families for the majority of the year. Using gardens as a classroom, participants learn sustainability, environmental awareness, healthy food practices, and how to combat obesity and other health issues associated with food hardships
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
16.5 million children in America, or 1 in 4, are food insecure. As of 2011 more than 815,000 Coloradans were found to be at risk of hunger with this number increasing each year. Colorado has one of the fastest growing rates of childhood poverty in the nation. Over 92% of kids at Edgewater Elementary receive free or reduced lunch. Many families cannot afford healthy food and choose unhealthy diets without realizing the consequences. Poor nutrition leads to obesity and severely diminished health.
How will this project solve this problem?
To combat these problems Jovial Concepts is transforming portions of lawns in Edgewater, CO into high yield organic gardens. Our gardens will provide produce to 120 food insecure families in 2014! By reducing food expenses, families can focus on restoring their lives. We use gardens to teach communities how to grow affordable food for themselves, the importance of eating healthy, and strengthen community bonds. Our produce is donated to veterans, seniors, homeless, and low-income families.
Potential Long Term Impact
Potentially our gardens will be a platform for sustainable neighborhoods. Communities that create their own goods create more money, jobs, and opportunities. By increasing access to basic needs and improving the health of individuals in a community, we can open up funds for education, housing, and transportation. By demonstrating solutions to hunger, we hope to inspire more self-sustaining communities while curving major issues of poverty nationwide.
Total Funding Received to Date: $8,351
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $11,649
Total Funding Goal: $20,000