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Community Garden Grants Awarded to 14 Nonprofit Organizations including jacksonoville, TX group
Around Texas

September, 2009

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the National Gardening Association, the average family can grow $600 worth of vegetables with just a $70 investment.(1) However, those who live in urban areas and don't have access to their own land cannot take advantage of this money-saving activity. To help provide more people with access to fresh fruits and vegetables, Gardenburger brand veggie products -- through its Community Garden Grants Program -- is awarding necessary funding to 14, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to help them create or maintain a community gardening project.

A group of judges (two gardening experts and a Gardenburger brand representative) evaluated the 362 qualified applications, each requesting between $1,000 and $10,000 in grant funding. Based on the judges' evaluations of the applications, the following organizations (in alphabetical order) will be awarded the grant monies they requested for their community gardening projects.

    Organization Name    City/State      Grant Amount   One Grant Activity

Bethlehem Inn Bend, Ore. $7,344 Purchase necessary
supplies to establish
a garden on the
premises

Boys & Girls Stilwell, $4,794 Purchase necessary
Club/Maryetta Okla. supplies to establish
School a garden, including
an outdoor classroom
space

Buffalo Reuse Buffalo, N.Y. $9,966 Purchase necessary
supplies to create a
large vegetable
garden within six
vacant parcels on
their block

Common Threads Lummi Island, $8,850 Develop and maintain
Farm Wash. a garden on the
grounds of Lummi
National School, which
is on the Lummi Indian
Reservation

FOCUS Churches Albany, N.Y. $1,262 Expand their "Garden
of Albany in a Bucket" program
by 100 additional
families

Gladstone Education Gladstone, $8,803 Develop gardening-
Foundation Ore. related curriculum
and train staff to
teach children about
gardening

Homeless Garden Santa Cruz, $9,500 Pay for the water
Project Calif. necessary to sustain
their garden

HOPE: Helping Jacksonville, $3,629 Purchase necessary
Others Pursue Texas gardening equipment
Enrichment and build a storage
unit to provide better
access to the garden

Irving Park Carlson Chicago $4,371 Create a gathering
Ministries space in their garden
where cooking and
gardening instruction
can be offered to the
community

Pennsylvania Philadelphia $9,985 Update their
Horticultural educational materials
Society and hold five
gardening
workshops for the
public

Rogers Park Green Chicago $5,346 Purchase the necessary
Space supplies to maintain a
new organic garden

United Teen Lowell, Mass. $10,000 Help train youth
Equality Center volunteers to run the
3/4 acre farm and sell
their harvest at the
local farmers market

Wheeler School Providence, $3,780 Purchase necessary
R.I. supplies to
sustain their garden

"Community gardens across the country share the same philosophy as Gardenburger: to make food that matters to people and their world," said Ami Krishan, associate director, Gardenburger. "We were inspired by the wonderful work that all of the organizations who applied for a grant are doing to provide community members with access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and are very excited to help 14 of them bring their community gardening projects to fruition."

For more information about the Gardenburger Community Garden Grants recipients, please visit http://www.gardenburger.com .

About Gardenburger

Gardenburger(R) brand is the original veggie burger made with real, natural ingredients including a variety of vegetables and whole grains. At Gardenburger, we believe that people need a balanced diet to live a healthy lifestyle. That's why we cultivate great tasting foods that meet a diverse array of nutritional needs. Our product line includes a variety of veggie patties, including The Original, Veggie Medley, Black Bean Chipotle, Sun-Dried Tomato Basil and Portabella. Gardenburger products can be found in the frozen food or natural food sections of grocery stores, and in natural food stores nationwide.

For more information, visit the Gardenburger web site at www.gardenburger.com.

(1) Wall Street Journal Online, "How Much Can Growing a Vegetable Garden Save You?", Neal Templin, April 16, 2009



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