Baton Rouge, La. – SU Ag Center’s Growing Healthy program has been working with its partner, Front Yard Bike Shop, to provide youth with seed starter kits during the stay at home order.
The kits consist of four different types of vegetable seeds, a seed tray, soil, and plant labels.
“This will give the students something to keep them occupied and maybe some of them will even turn into successful vegetable gardens,” expressed Stephanie Elwood, SU Ag Center Extension Associate.
During the governor’s stay at home order, the staff of Front Yard Bikes has been delivering up to 150 meals daily to their students who would have normally participated in their after school programming, along with grade-appropriate academic worksheets. The SU Ag Center provided the starter kits to add to their efforts.
Front Yard Bike Shop is a non-profit bike mechanics and afterschool program. It also serves as the location of the SU Ag Center’s Growing Healthy program, which is the gardening component of the Ag Center’s SNAP-Ed program.
SNAP-Ed is the nutrition promotion and obesity prevention component of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the U.S. domestic hunger safety net formerly known as Food Stamps that provides economic benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families for food purchases. The program teaches people using or eligible for SNAP about proper nutrition and how to make their food dollars stretch further. SNAP-Ed participants also learn to be physically active.
The SU Ag Center’s SNAP-Ed program has been in existence for more than 20 years and operates in 13 parishes throughout the state of Louisiana: Ascension, Avoyelles, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Jefferson Davis, Madison, Morehouse, St. James, Richland, and West Carroll.
For additional information about Front Yard Bikes, visit www.frontyardbikes.com. Information about the SU Ag Center’s SNAP-Ed program is available at, https://www.suagnutrition.com/.
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