LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 15, 2022) – United Way of Southern Nevada has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the United to Feed Innovation Challenge to help fund the Green Our Planet Farmpreneur and hydroponics programs that help teach K-12 students about sustainable food production.
The programs educate students about nutrition and equitable access to food and instills early-stage skillsets in food production and entrepreneurship. Students grow their own vegetables using raised beds and hydroponics, then sell them at a farmers’ market – and manage the related finance, marketing and advertising. The funding will help expand the programs to 12 additional K-12 schools.
“It is the mission of United Way of Southern Nevada to provide for our community members at every stage of their lives,” said Julian High President and CEO of United Way of Southern Nevada. “We could not be more grateful to be able to receive such a generous grant that will impact the lives of youth for years to come and teach them the benefit of healthy habits that are made available by Green Our Planet.”
"With this grant, we will continue our mission at Green Our Planet by empowering students to become leaders inside and outside of the classroom,” said Ciara Byrne, CEO of Green Our Planet. “We are sincerely grateful for this award through the Kellogg Company and the continued support from United Way of Southern Nevada.”
Kellogg Company and United Way Worldwide partnered to create the Innovation Challenge, which supports initiatives across the globe that create sustainable and equitable access to food in a unique way.
Three finalists were awarded $25,000 grants, while two others received $5,000. Kellogg and one of the company’s charitable funds underwrote the grants.
“Kellogg and United Way have been community partners for close to a century,” said Stephanie Slingerland, Kellogg Company’s Senior Director of Philanthropy and Social Impact. “Programs like the United to Feed Innovation Challenge are part of Kellogg’s™ Better Days environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy and we are proud to help create long-term impact in local communities.”
“We congratulate United Way of Southern Nevada and thank them for the incredible work they are doing in their community to advance sustainable and equitable access to food.”