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DeKalb County Community Gardens vying for $15k grant

The DeKalb County Community Gardens been accepted into the Nature's Path Gardens for Good Grant Program, which will award grants to three organizations out of more than 130 applications.

The community gardens' application explains how the group would use the grant to launch Garden Paths of Hope and to buy a "veggie mobile," a truck for mobile vegetable distribution. The community can support the community gardens' application through a public voting phase on Facebook. Vote at http://bit.ly/1ny4E0P.

DeKalb County Community Gardens takes an innovative approach to end hunger at the local level through community involvement, education, and commitment to environmental stewardship.

“We are asking supporters of DCCG to vote for us once a day until July 10," executive director Dan Kenney said. "This grant will help us to expand and meet more of the need for fresh, healthy food now and for generations to come.”

DeKalb County Community Gardens has more than 40 gardens across DeKalb County. It is one of the few efforts in the U.S. that is a county-wide effort to provide those in need with access to fresh, local, sustainably-grown food. Working in partnership with school, park, and forest preserve districts, businesses, churches, and municipalities, DCCG is organizing a county-wide project to ensure food security for the 5,000 children and 13,000 DeKalb County adults who live with food insecurity, and create sustainable alternatives to permanently close the food gap.

From now through July 10, people can vote once per day for the organization they feel most deserves a grant based on the organization’s demonstration of how the grant would help it to achieveits goals. After voting closes, the top six organizations with the most votes will move to the final judging phase, after which the grant recipients will be announced.

For more information, contact Kenney at 815-793-0950 or dkenney53@hotmail.com.

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