Fry’s Food Stores has donated $10,000 to Mesa Urban Garden in conjunction with September being Hunger Action Month.
“Hunger Action Month is an opportunity for Fry’s to raise awareness about food insecurity in our communities and help those in need through a variety of outreach efforts,” Monica Garnes, president of Fry’s Food Stores, said.
“Fry’s is honored to partner with Mesa Urban Garden to create and maintain access to healthy food all year long.”
The Mesa Urban Garden offers “garden ready” beds for lease to the public.
Once a vacant parcel, near downtown, the city requested proposals in 2011 from local organizations who might be interested in creating a community garden. The location of the property is in a neighborhood that has limited access to fresh food, according to a release.
“Food that is grown and produced locally helps reduce environmental impacts. It also offers equitable and affordable access to healthy food,” Mayor John Giles said. “That’s why it is a focus area of Mesa’s Climate Action Plan.”