October 11, 2013

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton provides funds for community garden grants

Live Well Stark County, a volunteer group of community leaders, recently awarded five grants of up to $4,000 for the creation or expansion of community garden and nutrition education programs for low-income Stark County residents. Grant funds were provided by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, a Live Well Stark County member organization.

The goal of the grant program is to teach low-income families about good nutrition, increase access to healthy foods and reduce consumption of unhealthy foods. A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. Community gardens in low-income neighborhoods expand access to fresh produce, thereby improving residents’ health and reducing grocery expenses. They also serve to beautify neighborhoods and promote a sense of community.

Other Live Well Stark County member organizations and partners will play key roles in implementing this program, including Ohio State University Extension-Stark County, the Stark County Health Department and Stark Parks. The group will be collecting and analyzing program surveys to determine how this pilot program can be improved and expanded.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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