© January 2020 by

Keep Greenville County Beautiful 

301 University Ridge Ste 3800, Greenville, SC 29601

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COMMUNITY GARDENS

1 in 7 people struggles with hunger in South Carolina.

Among children, that number rises to 1 in 5.*

WHAT IS FOOD INSECURITY?

"Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food-insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods." - Feeding America

HOW DO COMMUNITY GARDENS HELP?

FOOD ACCESS

ENVIRONMENT

HEALTH

COMMUNITY PRIDE

  • increase access to fresh, nutritious food in food deserts

  • remove the barrier of transportation in accessing fresh food

  • increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables

  • promote sustainable agriculture

  • reduce environmental hazards

  • decrease occurrence and severity of diet-related chronic illnesses**

  • reduce food transportation cost

  • reduce water runoff

  • improve air and soil quality

  • lower stress levels by removing barriers to healthy food

  • increase biodiversity of plants and animals‚Äč

  • providing gardening as an opportunity for relaxation

  • reduce food waste through composting

  • lower rates of mental illness

**heart disease, cancer, obesity,     type 2 diabetes, and more

  • create & improve social ties

  • strengthen community pride and identity

  • lower crime rates

  • teach self-sufficiency

  • increase property values

  • teach skills in planning, food production, and business

Our community garden program establishes new community gardens throughout Greenville County and provides support to existing community gardens in food-insecure areas.