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Center Parc Credit Union to Donate $2,500 to the Savannah State University Community Garden
"The youth are the roots of our future and community gardens encourage physical activity as well as enhance knowledge of nutrition and fresh food," said Donna Williams, community development liaison for Center Parc Credit Union. "Supporting the Savannah State University Community Garden perfectly aligns with our mission of serving members beyond just their financial needs."
Located across from the Payne Hall parking area near Harris McDew Health Center on Jasmine Avenue, the donation ceremony will be held at the university's Campus Community Garden on Monday, Aug 23 at 4 p.m.
Established in March 2021, the SSU Community Garden started with 16 eight-foot-square plots and is now up to 26 plots due to high demand. A "take-home" box is maintained in the garden to offer produce free to anyone on campus.
In addition to reducing food insecurity, the Savannah State Campus Community Garden has three specific goals:
"The support of Center Parc Credit Union allows us to buy compost and soil to help improve the health of our soil, and to purchase a tiller to help prepare plots as we move from season to season," said Joline Keevy, assistant director of Savannah State University's International Education Center and one of the garden's founders. "The students were excited when I told them we would add garden benches and swings. They can come and enjoy the garden, even if they don't want to plant and grow anything."
Williams says the financial institution encourages local nonprofits with community-oriented gardening plans to apply for future Center Parc Credit Union sponsorships at www.centerparc.org.
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