Hunger is a big problem in Maricopa County. When a person is hungry, they lose health, focus, and energy.
With 87,000 households in the Valley not knowing where their next meal is coming from, finding a way to participate in Hunger Action Month this September is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty.
As part of our fight to end hunger, volunteers from all over the Valley came together on Saturday, September 16 for the 2nd annual UNITE: A Day of Action and built 20 community gardens. While this was just part of the many wonderful things volunteers did, it is very important to the communities affected.
Building the community garden helps to provide a place for families to receive food for nutritious meals where they may not have access to these foods otherwise. Simply building the garden is only the first step.
In partnership with Arizona Nutrition Network at the Maricopa County Co-op Extension and University of Arizona Students, leaders in the community learned how to care for these gardens and some of the recipes the food planted could be used in. This ensures the gardens are useful and healthy.
Some of the gardens were placed in schools as an educational opportunity for students to develop a relationship with healthy eating and gain a hands-on experience of how plants grow.
Food Research and Action Center has made a SNAP Challenge Toolkit where you can join the thousands of others who have challenged themselves to be able to make and purchase nutritious meals while on a small budget. Try it out for yourself today!
To take action for families, children, and individuals in your community, find volunteer activities that work for you on our site!