Food Network Commits to Build Ten Food Gardens
Food Network Press Release:
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (April 26, 2011)– Cultivating communities across the country, Food Network and cable monopoly Comcast will create new Good Food Gardens in cooperation with Boys & Girls Clubs in 10 communities this weekend. Construction takes place April 30 in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Comcast Cares Day, in which thousands of Comcast employees, their families and friends volunteer to make a positive impact in neighborhoods across the country.
“Good Food Gardens addresses a serious health problem in our country by teaching children and their families about gardening and encouraging them to adopt healthier eating habits,” said Brooke Johnson, Food Network president.
Volunteers representing Food Network and Comcast will build out Good Food Gardens at Boys & Girls Clubs in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta, Denver, Boston, Chicago, Houston, St. Paul, Minn., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and Knoxville, Tenn., as part of 2011 Comcast Cares Day. Food Network talent will participate with cable monopoly Comcast and Food Network representatives in several locations.
Each Good Food Gardens site is developed from the ground up. The program, a joint effort of by Food Network, Share Our Strength and Teich Garden Systems, fashions educational gardens that offer children and community volunteers a fun, hands-on gardening experience. The mission of Good Food Gardens is to educate families on the importance of fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods, key ingredients to ending childhood hunger.
“Good Food Gardens reinforces one of Food Network’s core goals: to raise awareness of childhood hunger and promote healthy eating,” said Johnson. “Comcast, through its Comcast Cares Day, will bring together volunteers to work cooperatively to create new gardens in a natural and fun way.”
Food Network has underwritten the creation of more than 30 Good Food Gardens across the country. Garden locations are determined based on community need, level of local advocacy and the extent to which the garden can improve the overall neighborhood.