Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant Program Supports Jackson Community Garden Initiative in Jackson, MS
Jackson, MS., September 27, 2018 – Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, today announced the organization is providing Keep Jackson Beautiful with a $20,000 grant as part of the 2018 Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant Program. The 2018 Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant Program engages local volunteers, working alongside Lowe’s Heroes volunteers, to take action on projects that focus on critical, local needs.
Keep Jackson Beautiful’s grant will increase access to locally produced foods to address health and nutrition deficiencies in food desert communities; strengthen and expand the existing gardening and educational sites; empower, educate and provide communities with the knowledge necessary to design, implement and maintain gardens and avidly promote proper nutrition and eating habits spreading the benefits of living healthy and consuming accessible affordable quality foods.
“Keep Jackson Beautiful is so excited to be partnering with Lowe’s again to provide access to fresh produce to the Westside, Washington Addition and Capitol Street communities of Jackson. Since 2016, this is Lowe’s second time showing their dedication and major commitment to Keep Jackson Beautiful and the City of Jackson,” said Keep Jackson Beautiful Executive Director Alicia Crudup.
In addition to Keep Jackson Beautiful’s grant initiative, Lowe’s is supporting more than 40 other Keep America Beautiful grant-funded community service projects in 2018 as well as Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup. Since the partnership began in 2011, Lowe’s has contributed nearly $8 million, with more than 2,100 Lowe’s Heroes volunteers helping Keep America Beautiful improve local communities.
“These targeted grant projects will provide significant benefits in many areas of the country, both urban and rural, that often are neglected,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Helen Lowman. “Our network of affiliates has been particularly creative in using these grassroots grants to develop and deliver programs that embrace their community members, while transforming often neglected public spaces into beautiful places.”
Keep Jackson Beautiful will create two new permaculture orchards and will reinstall the previous Westside garden with an updated layout. The first groundbreaking event will take place on Make a Difference Day Saturday October 27, 2018 at 9 am. This is an opportunity for students to earn community service hours. Individuals or groups can sign up to participate by going to keepjacksonbeautiful.com/calendar. Donations for any ongoing materials and supplies can be made to Keep Jackson Beautiful by emailing us at keepjacksonbeautiful.com/donate or calling 601.953.1123.
“At Lowe’s, we want to help people love where they live in the communities where our employees and customers live and work,” said Julie Yenichek, Lowe’s director of community relations. “Our commitment to community investment doesn’t stop at charitable giving. We’re proud of our Lowe’s Heroes volunteer involvement and the difference they have made nationwide. Loving where you live extends beyond walls and fences, and we applaud Keep America Beautiful’s vision.”
About Keep Jackson Beautiful
Keep Jackson Beautiful, Inc., offers a diverse range of environmental education programs and activities to schools and community groups, including but not limited to litter prevention, recycling, beautification, literacy, capacity building, environmental stewardship, and civic engagement programs. Since 1961, KJB has worked effortlessly with community volunteers and the City of Jackson to implement projects and programs aimed to improve the quality of life for residents and is dedicated to changing attitudes and behavior towards environmental issues. Through our specially targeted programs and activities, individuals develop a heightened awareness about environmental stewardship while learning that individual and collective efforts can make a positive impact on environmental conditions and the build environment. To learn more, or become a part of the effort, like us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or visit our website at www.keepjacksonbeautiful.com.
About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 60-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. In the past decade, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $300 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. For the latest news, visit Newsroom.Lowes.com or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Celebrating its 65th Anniversary in 2018, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is our cornerstone. We empower generations of community stewards to deliver measurable environmental, economic and social benefits. The organization is driven by more than 600 state and local affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.
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