Collaboration Leads To Better Access To Affordable, Health Food
The Giving Garden in Maywood, a suburb just west of Chicago, is one of many inspirational projects being led by Proviso Partners for Health (PP4H). PP4H is a coalition of businesses, daycares, schools, healthcare, social service organizations and the community. PP4H members are working together to identify and implement community solutions to improve access to healthy food environments and promote community health in Proviso Township where Maywood is located.
The Giving Garden, an urban farm, teaches local youth how to grow and sell healthy foods, and engages residents who help to maintain the garden. Foods like fruits, vegetables and herbs are being distributed to a catering business, soup kitchen and food pantry. This garden is making healthy food more available and affordable and is a sign of good things happening in the community. View 60-second Healthy HotSpot video that spotlights the Giving Garden.
At the heart of the garden are the Proviso youth entrepreneurs who defined their mission in the urban agriculture movement as that of a Plant-Thropist – a person who promotes the welfare of others by the generous donation of service using plants for good causes.