TreadRight Takes On Food Insecurity

The TreadRight Foundation has added two new partnerships to the 55-plus projects it supports through its planet, people and wildlife pillars.

Green Bronx Machine in New York and Flourish Forever in Los Angeles, California, are TreadRight’s first project partners in the United States and are both dedicated to addressing issues of food insecurity in some of the country’s most underserved communities.

On opposite coasts, both organizations are family-run and based on the belief that the foundation for community empowerment, equality, and resilience includes access to fresh, affordable and healthy food. TreadRight has partnered with Contiki to offer travellers the opportunity to visit both of these projects on their trips to the USA as Make Travel Matter Experiences.

On Contiki’s Best of USA, guests will be able to learn more about Flourish Forever and on New York to Miami, New York Uncovered as well as Best of USA, they will have the chance to make their travels meaningful with a visit to Green Bronx Machine.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), food insecurity, or a lack of consistent access to sufficient food, affected an estimated 10.5% (13.7 million) US households at some point in 2019 (USDA), a number which has undoubtedly increased in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Green Bronx Machine was created to address the growing and urgent need for healthy food for students in low-income areas in America, which is staggeringly low. The indoor gardening and education program was founded by life-long educator, Stephen Ritz, and allows students in kindergarten to grade 12 to grow vegetables in the classroom as part of the core curriculum.

TreadRight’s support will go towards the purchase of curriculum materials and two aeroponics systems for use in classrooms in the Bronx, NYC.

Flourish Forever, founded by former high school junior, Siena Mills, provides the tools and education to build community gardens and support those who have limited access to fresh produce.

Flourish Forever is working to combat food and health injustices and envisions a world where food insecurity is addressed through thriving community food gardens.

TreadRight’s support of Flourish Forever will go towards a new community garden in Crenshaw, California, in partnership with the American Heart Association and Crenshaw United Methodist Church. Located at the front of the church, the garden will be available to the local Crenshaw community and will also engage a local high school for its maintenance and for educational purposes.

Shannon Guihan, chief TreadRight and sustainability Officer, explained that: “Green Bronx Machine and Flourish Forever will clearly demonstrate the long-term impact that access to resources and education offers. Both of these projects address the issue of food insecurity and are proof of the lasting impact that community led projects share with our world.”

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