Meridian Freedom Project receives grant from National Geographic

Published: Nov. 17, 2020 at 1:04 PM CST
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Meridian Freedom Project is going to build community gardens thanks to a $22,000 grant from National Geographic. The organization received the grant at the end of October.

“We have had the opportunity to identify those food deserts in our community and now we’re getting ready to do a few needs assessments to give to those community members who live in those areas to assess what types of vegetables or other produce they would like for us to grow,” said Adrian Cross, the executive director of the Meridian Freedom Project.

The locations of the community gardens are not yet determined, but leaders with the Meridian Freedom Project said they will be in areas which are easily accessible to the community.

“It’s very important that we teach our children the importance of identifying people who need help, planning to help those people, and actually going through to help them," Cross said. "We call that action. So we are so pleased to encourage our children, our Freedom Fellows, to be people of action, and plant those gardens and help those that we can in our community.”

The Meridian Freedom Project is currently looking for local businesses and organizations that are interested in helping out with the project.

“If they are interested in just being a part of this wonderful opportunity that is not just a Meridian Freedom Project Event, it’s a city-wide event," Cross said. "So we want the entire community to be involved in whatever way that they can.”

The community gardens are set to be built in the spring.

If your business or organization is interested in helping with the project, you can call 601-678-9892, email, or go to the Meridian Freedom Project Facebook page.

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