Helping families lead healthy lives is a priority among staff at the Ridgemont Early Childhood Center (RMECC), and as winner of the Burpee Home Gardens “Grow Anywhere Tour” Contest, the center can continue to promote good health among students and their families.
This year, more than 1.25 million votes were cast on Facebook in a contest to select the “Grow Anywhere Tour” stops in 23 of the country’s largest urban cities. RMECC received the most votes of all competing schools in Houston.
As the winning campus, RMECC staff welcomed Burpee Home Gardens Installation Team members, who delivered 1,300 pounds of fresh produce and 500 plants for the campus and community as part of its cross-country journey to raise awareness of food deserts – areas with limited access to fresh produce.
Volunteers helped distribute bags of fresh, ready-to-eat vegetables (including bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes) bottled water, and free plants (sweet pepper, cherry tomato and zucchini) for families to take home. The Burpee representatives also provided families with instructions on how to care for their plants.
“This is a great opportunity for our school and community to come together to promote good health and help fight childhood obesity,” said Nick Cantu, RMECC Manager. “We are proud to be named winner of the contest and appreciate Burpee Home Gardens for providing us with the vegetables and plants for our students, their families and the community.”