Greensboro, NC (May 9, 2012) – To raise greater awareness of the important issues of childhood hunger in the Triad and to promote long-term healthy eating habits, Time Warner Cable, Food Network and Share Our Strength will dedicate a Good Food Garden at the Salvation Army International Corps Boys & Girls Club in Winston-Salem. The dedication will take place May 11, 2012 at 9:00a.m.
“The Winston-Salem demographic region ranked first in the nation last year for most families with children being food insecure,” said Dianne Blackwood, area vice president of operations, Time Warner Cable Greensboro. “One of the most important things we can do to help overcome childhood hunger is educate families about healthy eating and provide access to nutritious foods.”
Students from Ashley Elementary School will get their hands dirty along with members of the club and other volunteers to plant the first seeds. When finished, they will have created a 256-square-foot garden, containing approximately two tons of soil and 240 fruit and vegetable seedlings.
“Thanks to Time Warner Cable, Food Network and Share our Strength for spotlighting this important need in our area,” said Sylvia Adams, executive director Boys & Girls Clubs, Winston-Salem. “The kids will enjoy maintaining the Good Food Garden and it will be a big benefit to the entire community.”
Each Good Food Garden is developed from the ground up, fashioning educational gardens that offer children and community volunteers a firsthand experience planting, nurturing, harvesting and preparing meals from the produce generated. Food Network has partnered with Share Our Strength to establish more than 35 Good Food Gardens across the country.
“Good Food Gardens addresses a serious health problem in our country by teaching children and their families about sustainable gardening and encouraging them to adopt healthier eating habits,” said Brooke Johnson, president, Food Network.
“Share Our Strength is delighted this Good Food Garden will help connect kids to nutritious foods where they live, learn and play,” added Chuck Scofield, Share Our Strength’s Chief Development Officer. “When we are able to educate kids about healthy eating we are one step closer to reaching our vision of No Kid Hungry.”
The No Kid Hungry Campaign supports effective school breakfast and afterschool programs while also focusing on increasing participation in summer meals programs and nutrition education. Each Good Food Garden typically produces enough food to feed several hundred people three times a year.
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Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting more than 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and, through its NaviSite subsidiary, managed and outsourced information technology solutions and cloud services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com, www.navisite.com, and www.twcmedia.com.
Food Network (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring and empowering through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to more than 99 million U.S. households and averages more than 9.9 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine has tripled its rate base and delivers a circulation of 1.25 million. Headquartered in New York, Food Network has a growing international presence with programming in more than 150 countries, including 24-hour networks in Great Britain, India, Asia and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates HGTV (www.hgtv.com), DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com), Travel Channel (www.travelchannel.com), Great American Country (www.gactv.com) and Cooking Channel (www.cookingchanneltv.com) is the manager and general partner.
Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry® campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger, at the state and city level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry. Visit Strength.org to get involved.