Annual Community Fruit Tree Giveaway Festival; 800 Participating Families Anticipated
Serving the Communities of Lennox, Inglewood, and South Los Angeles . Free and Open to the Public. Hosted by the Social Justice Learning Institute, TreePeople, Lennox School District, and Lennox Coordinating Council
Inglewood, CA, January 16, 2014 – The Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI) and TreePeople have partnered with the Lennox School District (LSD), and Lennox Coordinating Council to present the 2014 Fruit Tree Giveaway Festival to the residents of Lennox, Inglewood, and South Los Angeles, on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 10 AM to 4 PM, at Lennox Middle School (11033 Buford Ave., Lennox, CA 90304).
Fruit trees are given away as part of SJLI’s 100 Seeds of Change food system initiative. The initiative develops opportunities to empower residents to build a local food system and economy. Thanks to an annual donation by TreePeople, residents are able to grow their own fruit trees, which increases community access to healthy, fresh, and local food.
The festival will host numerous free activities including live music and a fun zone for kids. SJLI’s Peer Health Educators will host nutrition education and healthy cooking demonstrations, physical fitness training sessions, and home gardening tutorials. TreePeople will conduct fruit tree planting and care workshops.
“By the time the festival is over, we will have distributed 4,440 trees since we first started the annual festival, four years ago,” said Social Justice Learning Institutes Executive Director, D’Artagnan Scorza, Ph.D. “Hosting this event in Lennox is also a very important step for our organization. Earlier this year, we built a school garden at Dolores Huerta Elementary, and soon we will be announcing our Healthy Lifestyle Centers, which will also find a home in Lennox. We are making a commitment to the community of Lennox. We will be working side by side with residents to ensure that they attain food justice, food security, and improved health.”
About the Social Justice Learning Institute
The Social Justice Learning Institute works to fundamentally improve the lives of urban communities of color. To achieve this goal, SJLI helps individuals and groups build their capacity to assess injustices, and then use their own agency to advocate for, and achieve, health and educational equity. For more information visit www.sjli.org.