The Food Drive Kids have been experimenting at home with using hydroponics to grow fresh produce. Last fall, our founder, William spoke with the Sprout Scout students at Bugg Elementary about how you can grow food without soil. William has since returned to visit the Sprout Scouts and installed a hydroponic system there. The students in this after school program, sponsored by The Interfaith Food Shuttle will be growing bibb lettuce. They will be using the deep water culture method of hydroponics (DWC). The hope is that these students can learn how to grow fresh produce indoors, and take these skills home. These students will go into their lives with this skillset that can help to build a sustainable method of hunger relief, and break the cycle of hunger.
On March 24, 2018. The Food Drive Kids sponsored the construction a a garden at Eastway Elementary in Durham, NC to help support The Interfaith Food Shuttle’s Urban Agriculture Education Program. Together with The Boy Scouts of The Occoneechee Council, and many others we had over 30 volunteers come together to build a garden that will enable some amazing in class educational programs utilizing its unique outdoor classroom space. It will also support after school programs like Sprout Scouts, as well as other collaborations with local 4-H programs. It is throug hgardens like this that we can help create a break in the cycle of hunger and create sustainable hunger relief. Watch the progress here:
In August of 2017, the Food Drive Kids provided the materials and volunteers and worked with The Interfaith Food Shuttle to build a garden at Fuller Elementary School in Raleigh, NC. Many of the students there live in an aread with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Student clubs and classes will work together to grow produce that will help these kids have fresh produce on the weekends when they cannot rely on being fed at school. This is an example of working with the community to build sustainable hunger relief provided by kids for kids.
In order to begin working towards ways to help provide sustainable hunger relief. The Food Drive Kids partnered with The Interfaith Food Shuttle and their Head of Urban Agriculture to put into place a garden that would allow students to provide food for their peers. They raised over $2,000 and rounded up a couple dozen volunteers and build a garden a Ligon Middle School in Raleigh, NC. The goal of this garden was to provide a school with a student population consisting of many kids that do not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables on a regular basis. The garden would be run, managed, and maintained by classes at the school, and the produce would be shared with students in the neighborhood that were at risk of hunger through their Backpack Buddies Program.