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Providing Hope Community Brunch features Earth Day Activities

Long Branch: All are invited to the Providing Hope Community Brunch being held Sunday, April 27, 2014 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s UMC, 535 Broadway St., Long Branch. In addition to the meal, the event will feature special Earth Day activities, including children’s activities and a health fair.

Providing Hope is sponsoring the event in collaboration with:

· St. Luke’s UMC;
· Monmouth University ENACTUS Club students who will assist with greenhouse activities and begin planting a garden to provide fresh produce to the meal program on site;
· Monmouth Family Health Center who will offer free blood pressure checks and general health assessments and referrals.

Providing Hope’s Master Gardener will offer planting workshops and tips on gardening success to encourage community members, especially those who face food insecurity, to plant gardens at home. Participants will have an opportunity to select a seedling to plant and take with them.

The following local businesses have generously donated food or supplies to the Community Meal: Restaurant Depot, Boutique Laundry, D’Ambrisi Wholesale Foods, Richard’s Deli, La Scarpetto, Wennings, Scala’s, Nino’s, Tuzzio’s, Rockafeller’s, Illiano’s, FaNagle the Bagle, Party Corner, Caupto’s, Jersey Mike’s, Annie’s Omelets, Johnson Restaurant Supply, and Chipotle Grill.

Providing Hope is a non-profit working with the Long Branch School District to address the connection between hunger and childhood obesity by planting school-based community gardens. Last year, Providing Hope worked with nearly 100 students in all grade levels to donate 1,000 lbs. of fresh produce to local meal sites and pantries.

This year, Providing Hope is planting gardens in elementary, middle and high school and offering environmental programming and workshops on nutrition, cooking, and fitness. The project specializes in working with both special needs and alternative students who flourish in the non-traditional, hands-on “outdoor classroom” setting. The aim is to teach 400 students and donate 3,000 lbs. of fresh produce this year.

For more information on the Community Brunch or Providing Hope, please contact info@providinghopenj.org.

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