On June 29, faculty and staff from Oak Park Microsociety Elementary and Fair Park Preparatory Academy, along with Kellogg’s Rice Krispies employees, will volunteer their time to install multiple raised garden beds at each school. This project stemmed from a newly formed partnership between United Way and Kellogg Company.

As a global food leader, Kellogg is passionate about fighting hunger and feeding people’s potential. That’s why on June 5th, World Environment Day, Kellogg Company and several of its brands launched United Against Food Deserts, an effort to combat food deserts by supporting community garden projects.

United Way of Northwest Louisiana and Rice Krispies is working with two of the fourteen Caddo Parish Transformational Zone Schools to install raised beds at one elementary and one middle school. The Transformation Zone schools are all Title 1 schools with children living in poverty. 100% of children attending the Transformational Zone schools receive free or reduced lunch. These schools have been classified as some of the poorest schools in the State of Louisiana. All are located within a food desert.

Rice Krispies cereal will be set out for volunteers and all remaining cereal will be used by each school during their summer programming. Volunteers will also distribute nutrition education, bags and coupons to the parents of children in the summer program and homes closest to each school. Students at each school will help maintain the beds and harvest the produce to use in the school’s cafeteria for consumption, in the classroom for educational instructional about healthy food choices, as well as to be donated to families in need. #BetterDay #UnitedAgainstHunger