Detroit (WWJ)- The United Way for Southeastern Michigan has kicked off a new campaign to end childhood hunger.
The non-profit organization sent out an email Friday asking supporters to help raise $60,000 to build at least a dozen school gardens throughout Greater Detroit this spring.
The email says the gardens will help school-age children learn where their food comes from and the importance of eating their vegetables.
In addition, students will be able to sell the produce and reinvest the profits back into their gardens.
“We want to end the cycle of poor childhood nutrition in this nation by giving kids a chance to get their hands dirty and grow their own veggies,” Ursula Adams, Director of Digital Engagement for the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, writes in her email.
“How can anyone resist eating broccoli when they’ve planted, watered and weeded it themselves? By growing foods that will nourish their bodies, kids will learn to appreciate and enjoy a variety of produce that will keep them healthy into their adulthood.”