HOW WOULD YOU USE THIS GRANT TO HELP YOUR COMMUNITY?
“From little acorns, mighty oaks grow.” Lawndale Elementary School District (LESD), located in Lawndale, CA is an urban, low income, working class city of 33,122 residents. Serving 6,500 children, we’ve worked tirelessly to establish a comprehensive wellness policy within our school community and neighbors. Over 150 fruits, vegetables, and herbs are grown in 9 school gardens that encompass a total of 23,267 sq feet. In the last school year, 2000 pounds of produce was donated to our Lawndale Commodities Free Food Program, not including the fruit and vegetables consumed by over 1300 students. What is our greatest asset? Our little gardeners with big hearts. At each garden they tend the beds, check for pests, harvest, compost and save seeds. Our school district and community form the building blocks to lifelong health and the fight against hunger. A crusade we are not willing to surrender. With recent CA State fiscal constraints, we cannot sustain this program alone and seek your help.