San Antonio, TX, July 25, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- The Dinner Garden Helps Starving Kids Plant Gardens
Thousands of American kids only eat when they get free lunch at school. There is simply no food to be found at home. When the non-profit corporation, The Dinner Garden, heard about this problem, they decided to be a part of the solution. Thus, their Seeds for School Kids program was born. In this program, The Dinner Garden is working with food banks to supply packs containing 5 - 6 varieties of fruit and vegetable seeds to hungry students.
Hungry children have difficulty learning. Hungry parents don’t perform well on the job. Hungry families spend their time worrying. The Dinner Garden is working to end hunger by providing these children with enough seeds to start a garden for their families. Their website provides gardening information and resources for the children and their parents. Instead of giving families a handout, they are helping the families provide for their own needs and reduce their dependence on public assistance.
In addition to the seeds and resources The Dinner Garden provides, they have also partnered with www.worldfoodgarden.org to teach families to garden, to match the families with gardening mentors, tell them the correct planting times for their area, and to arrange seed swaps.
“We are teaching people to provide for their families and communities,” said Holly Hirshberg, Executive Director and Founder of The Dinner Garden. “We are giving the kids and their families the seeds to plant a garden and the skills to make the project a success.” Hirshberg’s optimism is contagious. “People hear about The Dinner Garden and want to get involved. A seed pack costs us 25 cents. It is exciting to think that we can end hunger forever, and it will only cost us 25 cents a person to get these kids growing gardens.”
One garden can make a huge difference in the financial and emotional status of a family and a community. A family and a community that work together toward a common goal are more likely to see success. “We love to see people working together to lift each other up. We love to see people laughing, sharing, and eating together. Feeling a sense of connectedness is what makes life worth living,” Hirshberg said. Families that grow gardens can save the seeds from the fruit they grow to plant more vegetables and trade for more seeds. They can feed their families and neighborhoods, and they can sell their excess produce for extra income.
As they launch the Seeds for School Kids program, The Dinner Garden is also launching a new fundraiser called A Quarter and a Pack of Seeds. They are asking individuals, churches, offices, and social groups to hold fundraisers asking people to collect a quarter and a pack of seeds from each donor. The quarter will be used to pay for seeds for someone to start a garden now, and the seeds will be used to help others have gardens later. More information and an information pack can be downloaded at http://www.dinnergarden.org/quarterSeeds.html.
About The Dinner Garden Corporation
The Dinner Garden, (http://www.dinnergarden.org), based in San Antonio, Texas, provides seeds, gardening supplies, and gardening advice free of charge to all people in the United States of America. They assist those in need in establishing food security for their families. Their goal is for people to plant home, neighborhood, and container gardens, so they can use the vegetables they grow for food and income.
Contact: Holly Hirshberg
Address: P.O. Box 700686, San Antonio, Texas 78270
If you would like additional information about The Dinner Garden, or to schedule an interview with Holly Hirshberg, please call Sean Hirshberg at 210-979-1251 or email Sean at firstname.lastname@example.org.