A sign is unveiled at the Fresh Initiative Garden Project. Courtesy photo
Courtesy of Meals-on-Wheels

Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego this week unveiled its Fresh Initiative Garden Project.

The garden, located at the Old Town Administration Building, will honor the individual funders and community partners that made the $200,000 improvement project possible.

The new design includes a productive, on-site urban, edible garden with fruit trees, herbs and spices to be used in the agency’s fresh meal preparation, helping to reduce overall costs.

Besides supplementing meals, the gardens will also help lower water usage and maintenance needs of the property. Meals-on-Wheels delivered meals to nearly 3,200 homebound seniors in 2015 within 48 San Diego County communities.

The Fresh Initiative Urban Community Garden Project is also recruiting green thumb enthusiasts and local garden club members to help with the gardens, as well as instill a passion for gardening with local school children through Jeanne’s Garden Program for Children. Students will be planting and caring for some of the herbs, fruit and spices being grown on site, making the garden a true intergenerational endeavor.

“It is our vision to engage a myriad of ages in monthly activities around gardening, sustainability, low-water productive landscaping, as well as educate others on the benefits of eating fresh, nutritious meals, said Debbie Case, president and CEO of Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego. “This is a wonderful new opportunity for the community to engage with Meals-on-Wheels.”

For more information about the garden or for sponsorship opportunities, contact
Barb Fiorina at (619) 278-4047 or bfiorina@meals-on-wheels.org.

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