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NORTH HILLS COMMUNITY OUTREACH NEEDS COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR ITS “SEEDS OF CHANGE” GRANT APPLICATION
NHCO’s Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden is Vying to Win Grant Funds from a Certified Organic Seed and Food Company

Bellevue, PA – North Hills Community Outreach’s Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden has entered the Seeds of Change Grant Program and is asking the community to vote for its application on the Seeds of Change website. Seeds of Change is awarding $310,000 in total grants to 24 garden projects around the country to recognize the value of food, farming, sustainability and nutrition education.

North Hills Community Outreach is a nonprofit serving local families in hardship and poverty in northern Allegheny County through more than 20 programs. NHCO submitted an application highlighting how they would use a Seeds of Change Grant to grow their gardening program and nourish a healthier, greener community. The NHCO garden is a community organic garden which, with the help of many volunteers, produces fresh, organic fruits and vegetables for low-income families who receive food from NHCO’s three food pantries.  From March 30 through April 19, community members can vote once a day by visiting Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden’s gallery page on the Seeds of Change website, seedsofchangegrant.com .

After voting closes on April 19, the top 50 organizations with the most votes will move on to the final judging phase. Around May 8, Seeds of Change will announce 24 grant recipients: 12 school garden recipients and 12 community garden recipients. Of these grant recipients, two school gardens will receive $25,000, two community gardens will receive $30,000 and 10 school gardens and 10 community gardens will receive $10,000.

For more information about Seeds of Change or the grant, please visit www.seedsofchangegrant.com, or follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #SeedsofChangeGrant.

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To arrange an interview with NHCO Executive Director Sharon Wolf, or NHCO Garden and Youth Coordinator Alyssa Crawford, please contact Director of Communications Jennifer Kissel at the email or number above.
Photos attached:

Employees from Pettinato Chiropractic volunteering at the garden in September 2016.

Youth leaders Mary Rodack and Caroline Bondi display a day’s harvest at the garden in August 2016.

Produce at the garden.

About NHCO’s Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden
The Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden, located in Bellevue, is a program of North Hills Community Outreach, which serves people in crisis, hardship and poverty. The garden  produces fresh, organic fruits and vegetables for the 1,400 low-income families (more than 4,100 people) who receive food from NHCO’s three food pantries annually. An abundance of research suggests that inadequate food or lack of healthy good can have detrimental effects on the physical, mental and emotional health of adults and children.  During the 2016 growing season, the garden produced 4,500 pounds of organic produce with the help of 194 volunteers. The garden also has a strong education component in place for children and the community, provides student leadership opportunities, and provides volunteer opportunities for corporate and civic groups and families.

About Seeds of Change

Seeds of Change® was founded in 1989 by passionate gardeners with a vision to make organically grown seeds available to gardeners and farmers, while preserving countless heirloom seed varieties in danger of being lost to the "advances" of modern industrial agriculture. For 27 years, we have remained true to our original vision by offering a wide selection of organic seeds including heirloom, traditional, and rare seeds. Our seeds are produced through a network of certified organic family farms and professional growers. Through these partnerships, we continually cultivate study and develop seeds with the goal of producing the finest certified organic varieties to share with our fellow gardeners and farmers. In 1997 our business expanded to also include Organic Food inspired by the notion that great taste and sustainability go hand in hand.   We now offer a wide variety of Ready to Heat organic Rice and Grain varieties. For more information about Seeds of Change® visitwww.seedsofchange.com for our seed products and www.seedsofchangefoods.com for our food products. For additional information, please contact us at the information provided above or at Seeds of Change®, P.O. Box 4908, Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220.