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Willard Community Center Corp receives a $750 grant for Community Garden


Willard Community Center Corp receives a $750 grant for Community Garden Grant provided by Farm Credit Services of America Working Here Fund for Hunger and Nutrition LINCOLN, NEBRASKA- Willard Community Center Corp received a $750 grant for a community garden. The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America’s (FCSAmerica) Working Here Fund. The Willard Community Center Corp will use the Working Here Fund grant to purchase a water tank, garden supplies and plants for the installation of a community garden. The garden will include eight raised beds, a compost area, tool shed, perennial plants and berry bushes. Garden beds will be utilized by various groups including the Willard program children that will tend to five beds during the summer program and non-school days. Students will also visit the garden during the school year with over 100 students from kindergarten to 8th grade integrating science, math, and art curriculum into their garden learning experience. “Nutrition education and food security are the biggest needs in our community,” said Janelle Soderling, executive director. “Having a garden will encourage hands-on learning, a place for observation, experimentation, and sensory experiences.” The garden will also provide food to food insecure community members, the overflow from the garden will be put into the blessing box, an outdoor cabinet for donated food and essentials for anyone in need. “We’re honored to support local organizations like the Willard Community Center Corp that are striving to make a difference in our community,” said Amy Blomenberg, regional vice president of retail operations at FCSAmerica’s Lincoln office. The Willard Community Center Corp is one of 55 organizations to receive a Working Here Fund grant in the first quarter of 2021. FCSAmerica awarded $88,133 during the latest grant cycle ending March 31, 2021. About Willard Community Center Corp The mission of the Willard Community Center Corp is to help area residents to grow, connect and contribute to the community. Offering early childhood education, school-age youth development, and educational continuity they serve a full age range of individuals throughout the community. About Farm Credit Services of America Farm Credit Services of America is proud to finance the growth of rural America, including the special needs of young and beginning producers. With $33.7 billion in assets and $6.2 billion in members’ equity, FCSAmerica is one of the region’s leading providers of credit and insurance services to farmers, ranchers, agribusiness and rural residents in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Learn more at www.fcsamerica.com