CENTER PARC CREDIT UNION RENEWS SPONSORSHIP OF COMMUNITY GARDEN TO FEED COMMUNITY’S MINDS AND BODIES
Commitment to Community Fills Social And Economic Needs of Families And Provides Students First-Hand Exposure to Economic Viability Through Selling Produce to Neighboring Gunshow Restaurant
ATLANTA (February 24, 2022) – Center Parc Credit Union continues its enduring commitment to community by renewing its sponsorship of the One Love Learning Foundation’s (OLLF) community garden, situated on the rooftop of Maynard Jackson High School, in 2022.
Center Parc recognizes the importance of community gardens in increasing access to fresh food. In Georgia, one in six children goes hungry and those numbers continue to grow as a result of the pandemic.
This past year, the Center Parc-sponsored OLLF community garden produced 1,250 pounds of produce, including romaine, kale, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, parsley, tarragon, oregano, basil, banana peppers and cayenne peppers. The majority of that produce fed local families in need while the remainder was sold exclusively to Kevin Gillespie’s neighboring restaurant, Gunshow.
The school uses the garden to support its science curriculum as well as help students fulfill their volunteer hour requirements. By working in the garden, students cultivate produce, sell what they grow and learn the basics of creating a sustainable food system. A select group of student interns also earn a paycheck.
“We see the ongoing success of this sponsorship in the engagement from the students,” said Andrea Hansberry, community development liaison for Center Parc. “They’re learning the importance of urban gardens in feeding communities and the economic benefits of selling produce to Chef Kevin Gillespie’s Gunshow.”
Gillespie, whose Red Beard Restaurants owns three award-wining restaurants in the Atlanta area, offered to connect the student farmers with the chefs at his nearby Gunshow and with his business partner Marco Shaw. They work with the students to decide what to grow, purchase the product at a fair price, and serve it to patrons in the restaurant.
“This relationship serves us in two ways,” said Shaw. “We are able to access fresh, local produce and work directly with the students who grow it.”
By investing in local green spaces, Center Parc is helping to serve the communities in which it does business. The Summerhill area, which encompasses Maynard Jackson High School, is served financially by the Center Parc branch at 72 Georgia Avenue. But through partnerships like the one with OLLF, the Credit Union ensures all-around well-being in the community.
About Center Parc Credit Union: Center Parc Credit Union is a division of APCU, the oldest credit union in the state of Georgia. Center Parc has two branches in downtown Atlanta, including one opened in April in the Summer Hill neighborhood. The member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative is dedicated to helping hardworking people save money and prosper. For more information, call 800-849-8431, email email@example.com or visit online at www.centerparc.org