CAMDEN, New Jersey (May 21, 2012) - The non-profit Camden Children's Garden was selected by Whole Foods Market Regional Leadership for a Team Build to Launch Multi-Year Partnership. Through this partnership, the Camden Children's Garden will receive support for programs, gardens and projects. The Camden City Garden Club, Inc. (CCGC) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that operates the Camden Children's Garden and is dedicated to supporting a sustainable environment through education designed for children and families, especially in Camden, NJ.
As one of the company's core values is to support its communities, each year, Whole Foods Market regional leadership in the Mid-Atlantic does a team build that is tied into a workday with a nonprofit. With a passionate mission mirroring the core values of Whole Foods Market, the regional leadership team looks forward to an integrated and long-lasting partnership with the Camden Children's Garden. This philanthropic partnership will launch on Wednesday, May 23, (RAIN OR SHINE), with over 70 Whole Foods Market staffers joining the Camden City Garden Club in developing community gardening within a South Camden neighborhood.
To expand the one-acre urban agricultural site in Camden's Lanning Square neighborhood, volunteers along with Camden Children's Garden staff, community gardeners, AmeriCorps NCCC Moose Team #6 and Whole Foods Market team members will collectively transform a "budding" urban neighborhood's lots into green and food-producing community gardens. The teams will cultivate four additional gardens and help create a destination that promotes wellness, nutrition and serves as a community flagship.
Through the duration of the multi-year partnership, Whole Foods Market hopes to support the Camden Children's Garden / Camden City Garden Club with future volunteer projects, food security, food justice, community gardening, nutrition and horticultural education, GrowLab School program, Youth Job Training and Employment Program. Whole Foods Market will help to advance the Camden Children's Garden's overall mission and outreach by inspiring and educating people of all ages! We plan to work together to provide opportunities to improve the community's quality of life, health and community through horticulture.