Garden School Foundation

Garden School Foundation (GSF) provides garden-based education at Title I schools in Los Angeles, strengthening connections between food justice, environmental awareness, and community health. Their Seed to Table program teaches 3,000 students each year how to grow, harvest, and prepare healthy foods. In 2018, GSF launched the Cafeteria to Compost program at 24th St. Elementary, and they began diverting 2,000 lbs. of food waste each month from the lunch tables to the school garden’s compost piles. As a Healthy Communities Grant recipient, GSF aims to increase their monthly diversion of food waste to 4,000 lbs. per month, expand their food recovery and redistribution efforts, and bring the Cafeteria to Compost program to six other school sites.

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Living Classrooms

Living Classrooms works with kids and teens in Baltimore, Md. providing resources to help them reach their full potential. Among their many enduring programs is Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students (BUGS), which the farm-to-table lifecycle to second through fifth grade students in the organization's on-site greenhouse, cooking lab, vegetable gardens and wetlands. Each spring, the students host a farmers market, selling produce grown in the garden and gaining real-world entrepreneurial skills. The Sprouts Healthy Communities Grant will allow Living Classrooms to double its BUGS enrollment and bring additional nutrition lessons to a greater number of students.

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Oklahoma City Beautiful

Oklahoma City Beautiful Kids Gardening

Oklahoma City Beautiful operates programming within 24 local schools, keeping teachers, parents and community members engaged with the school gardens. With a growing interest from students and teachers to use the garden more frequently, funding from the Sprouts Healthy Communities Grant will allow Garden Educators from Oklahoma City Beautiful to work directly with the schools, delivering structured science lessons, hosting hands-on gardening and composting sessions, and facilitating regular harvesting and tasting experiences.

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Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful Kids in Garden

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful encourages environmental stewardship throughout their community through numerous cleanup and tree-planting projects and the Florida Learning Garden, where students participate in hands-on greenhouse, composting, gardening and upcycling activities. With the Healthy Communities Grant, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful will work in collaboration with Farm to School Tampa to teach kids garden education lessons through in-school and after-school programming. Kids will also participate in cooking demonstrations and taste tests with produce harvested locally from the garden.

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Orlando Health Foundation

The Orlando Health Foundation created the Healthy Lifestyles Program to curb obesity in Orange County, Fla. Through this program, the Foundation provides nutrition education and physical fitness activities to youth, focusing on groups disproportionately impacted by obesity, including those with physical disabilities and children from non-English speaking households. Combining in-person cooking instruction with personalized coaching, the Healthy Lifestyles Program is bringing healthy change to children and teens across Orlando.

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