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City Schoolyard Garden Project LOI 2014

City Schoolyard Garden Project LOI 2014 - January 13 2013...

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P.O. Box 5282 Charlottesville, Virginia 22905 www.cityschoolyardgarden.org January’1 3,’2013 ’ Paul’Martin ’ Batten’School’of’Leadership’&’Public’Policy Dear’Mr.’Martin,’ On’behalf’of’City’Schoolyard’Garden’(CSG),’I’appreciate’the’opportunity’to’submit’this’letter ’ of’ inquiry’for’consideration’by’the’students’of’Public’Policy’4740’( Philanthropy:’Private’Initiatives’ for’ the’ Public’ Good ).’ ’ City’ Schoolyard’ Garden’ engages’ youth’ in’ nature,’ enhanc es’ academic’ learning’through’hands -on’garden’based’lessons’and’cultivat es’ the’skills’for’healthy’living.’ This’ integrated’approach ,’w hile’focusing ’ on’the’experience’of’youth’in’school ’ gardens,’ addresses’ directly’and’fundamentally’the’complex’challenges’of ’ food’insecurity.’ ’ Funding’fro m’ Batten’School’of’Leadership’&’Public’Policy’will’allow’City’Schoolyard’Garden’to: Build’ food’security ’ skills’a nd’experiences ’ in’ the’ vulnerable’youth’ of’ our’community ’ ’ Build’capacity’and’partnership’for’a’collaborative’food’justice’effort’in’Charlottesville Build’capacity’to’implement’whole’systems’evaluation’and’understand’true’impact Food Insecurity and School Gardens While’ the’ U.S.’ food’ system’ is’ widely’ viewed’ as’ the’ most’ productive’ and’ inexpensive’ in’ the’ world,’ it’ does’ not’ serve’ everyone’ equally.’ Hunger’ and’ food’ insecurity’ are’ entrench ed’ and’ worsening’problems.’’Enrollment’in’the’Supplemental’Nutrition’Assistan ce’Program’(SNAP’ –’ formally’known’as’the’Food’Stamp’Program)’ has’risen’dramatically’in’recent’years,’both’locally and’ nationally. 1 People’ with’ low’ economic’ resources’ and’ people’ of’ color’ suffer’ disproportionately’high’rates’of’diet -related’diseases . 2 At’the ’ same’time,’obesity’has’reached’epidemic’proportions .’ A’2009’study’found’that’more’ than’30’percent’of’students’in’Charlottesville’City’Schools’(CCS) —a’Title’I,’high’poverty’school’ district,’ with’ more’ than’ 50%’ of’ students’ qualifying’ for’ free’ or’ reduced -price’ lunch 3 —were’ classified’ as’ overweight . 4 ’ Combined,’ these’ factors’ create’ significant’ food’ insecurity —the’ measure’ of’ access’ to’ essential’ nutrition —leaving’ Charlottesville’ children’ impacted’ by’ the’ multiple’effects’of’hunger,’poor’nutrition’and’disconnection’f rom’ the’sources’of’their’food .’
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