Too many children and families living in at-risk communities don’t have access to enough fresh, healthy food. And far too many of them have never had the opportunity to see, taste or eat some of the garden’s best-tasting, good-for-you produce.
Studies show that many children from at-risk backgrounds don’t have access to fresh produce on a daily basis. However, research also shows that children who grow fresh food eat more fresh food and are healthier as a result.
That’s why the National Head Start Association and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation are joining forces to address this critical issue facing young children. Through the Gro More Garden Grants initiative, we will work with Head Start programs across the country to teach children, families, and communities how to grow their own fresh produce—for life.
Our multi-year initiative will make garden grants, garden kits, educational curriculum, and garden training available to all Head Start programs with the goal of creating more edible gardens for young children and their families.
Hands-on experiences in the garden provide young children with a multitude of life-enhancing benefits, including: