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Youth Council Invites Residents to Make Life a Little Sweeter for Those in Need

Post Date:09/14/2018 11:30 AM

CONTACT:   Kristin Tignac
                            Youth Council Coordinator
                            (805) 583-6766

Between October 6-12, 2018, the Simi Valley Youth Council and Simi Valley Community Garden will be collecting sweet potatoes to give to those in need in Simi Valley.  We will be accepting donations of sweet potatoes from @SocialFeed starter slips and those purchased from a store.  Please visit the following locations to drop off your donation during the times listed below:

                              • Vons at 1855 Cochran Street and Vons Pavilions at 2938 Tapo Canyon Road:  
                                   Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
                              • Simi Valley City Hall at 2929 Tapo Canyon Road:  
                                   Monday, October 8 through Friday, October 12, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
                             • Simi Valley Public Library at 2969 Tapo Canyon Road:  
                                 Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
                                  Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
                                  Monday, October 8 through Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
                                  Friday, October 12, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The @SocialFeed project is an innovative initiative designed to confront food insecurity.  The hope of the first-of-its kind program is to collectively grow or donate 5,000 pounds of healthy produce (sweet potatoes) to Simi Valley food pantries.  @SocialFeed might be best described as a city-wide “food mob” (like a “flash mob”).

Earlier this year, Youth Council and Community Garden volunteers distributed 3,000 complimentary plant-starts to attendees at the Simi Valley Street Fair and 2018 Expo.  Those individuals and groups that received and planted the starts are being asked to harvest the sweet potatoes and bring them to one of the designated collections sites above.  After all donations are received, the produce will be weighed and distributed to Simi Valley food pantries.  For more information, please call the Youth Council Coordinator at (805) 583-6766.

@SocialFeed is a community action project of the “Garden of Dreams” community service initiative, founded by the Simi Valley Community Garden (Simi at the Garden).  More information about the garden and the Garden of Dreams initiative can be found at: http://www.simiatthegarden.org.

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