Carl Sandburg College’s Community Garden has been given a monetary awarded through Hy-Vee’s One Step Community Garden Grant Program.
The $1,000 grant was awarded to organizations whose core focus is to teach those in need about health and nutrition through the process of planting, tending, and harvesting their own fruits and vegetables.
Grants can be used for materials utilized in the programs such as seeds, plants, and supplies or even general operating support for updates to the gardens.
CSC’s Community Garden, started in 2011, annually provides thousands of pounds of fresh produce that is donated to local food pantries and families in need, and last year produced almost 3,972 lbs. of food with a combined 743 hours of volunteer work.
Hy-vee awarded 156 One Step Garden Grants this year and since the program’s creation in 2011 has donated more than $1.3 million product sales. The Knox County Housing Authority also received the One Step Community Garden Grant for two separate gardens.