Project to grow with grant from Augusta Health Foundation

Project GROWS is proud to announce they are the recipients of a multi-year grant from the Augusta Health Foundation to reduce childhood obesity in Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County.

Project GROWS stands for Growing Responsibly & Organically With Sustainability and focuses on the reduction of childhood obesity through creating youth-based community gardens and teaching the importance of nutrition and physical activity through hands-on involvement.

“These gardens will serve as a source of employment for youth, education to the public on nutrition, and a place in the future where people who are food insecure will have a source of healthy fresh produce”, stated Karen Hicks of the Valley Community Services Board, one of the 10 community agencies collaborating on this initiative.

To get Project GROWS off the ground and out of the planning stages, Jill Templeton was recently hired as the project’s coordinator. Templeton will be working to implement the program, from identifying and designing the garden site to working with community youth in the garden.

For more information on Project GROWS and how you can become part of this community project, contact Templeton at 540.480.0371.

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