Did you know that 33% of students in Billings School District 2, over 5,500 children, are living at or below 185% of the federal poverty level? These children are at risk of food insecurity, as they have limited or no access to safe, nutritious, and affordable foods.
In the Beginning
In the spring of 2011, students at three Title I Elementary Schools were able to start and transplant vegetable, herb, and flower seeds, while caring for them and watching them grow. All of the plant starts are were raised for use in The Salvation Army's community and youth gardening programs.
2011 was the pilot year of a Summer Garden Program for youth involved in gardening, music and fine arts classes at The Salvation Army. This program aims to give students a life-changing experience as they gain skills and experiences in the garden, learn how healthy foods set a foundation for a healthy lifestyle, and discover how food sustains us by getting from seed to plate.