FeedMore Awards Grants to Help Two Local Organizations’ Gardens Grow

April 18, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – FeedMore recently announced that it has awarded a $2,500 grant to both Peter Paul Development Center and Groundwork RVA. The first-time grant was created to empower low-income communities through garden education. “Peter Paul Development Center and Groundwork RVA demonstrated a variety of approaches on how they are actively using gardens as a learning tool and successful method of engaging with their low-income clients,” said Erin Lingo, Agency and Regional Relations Manager at FeedMore. “The clarity of vision of both organizations and their focus on using their gardens for nutrition education and empowerment really stood out and were quite impressive.”


Open to FeedMore partner and non-partner agencies, the two-week grant period garnered more than 15 proposals from a variety of organizations, big and small, across greater Richmond. Peter Paul Development Center (PPDC), a partner agency of FeedMore and one of the longest continuously operating community centers in Church Hill, provides a wide range of services to the East End of Richmond. This grant from FeedMore will provide funding for an educator for PPDC’s eight-week Summer Promise program, where students learn how to grow, prepare and eat fresh, healthy food. The program also provides students with lessons on native bees and bee keeping, along with composting and other nature studies.

Focused on creating green infrastructure in Richmond’s urban neighborhoods, Groundwork RVA is dedicated to transforming the physical environment and community spirit in the River City’s underserved areas. Funding from the FeedMore grant will go towards Groundwork RVA’s collaborative garden project Farmstrong, a 1.4-acre plot that provides students and the adjacent Fairfield Court community with fruits and vegetables. With plans to continue to cultivate excitement about urban farming, Groundwork RVA empowers students to grow a culture of pride, healthy eating and foster a deeper connection with the environment.

“We’re hopeful that as this grant program continues, we’ll be able to provide more community gardens with the funds needed to flourish and provide their communities with fresh, healthy produce,” said Lingo.

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