News Briefs: Early education funding; summer food program; MARTA opens farm

Lisa R. Parker

At his first State of the City address, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens pledged $5 million of town cash towards a $20 million objective for early training. The United Way of Higher Atlanta and the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation answered that call, committing $4.5 million towards the mayor’s early discovering initiative. “I am grateful that the Whitehead Foundation and United Way of Greater Atlanta are locking arms with us to commit in early schooling, specifically in locations of our city that have far too prolonged lacked this essential financial investment,” Dickens said in a statement. “I invite other funders to be part of our induce.” Companies intrigued in building their own contributions to early education and learning can get hold of Mindy Binderman at [email protected].

The Town of Atlanta has launched its once-a-year Summer time Food stuff Software, a partnership among the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Georgia Division of Early Care and Learning’s Vivid from the Get started software, to offer wholesome meals to small children in underserved communities for the duration of the summer season months. The yearly application serves breakfast and lunch onsite to college-aged youngsters up to age 18. Foods are furnished at taking part City of Atlanta recreation facilities by way of Camp Very best Mates as nicely as other lover locations. The food stuff method kicked off currently and ends July 29. A comprehensive checklist of suppliers can be discovered on the Town of Atlanta Office of Park and Recreation web-site.

Courtesy MARTA

MARTA is partnering with the World Growers Community to establish a farm near Indian Creek rail station in DeKalb County. Develop from the farm will be out there at MARTA Markets, which expanded into DeKalb County this yr at Kensington and Doraville rail stations. The farm at Indian Creek will host a team of community farmers identified as Umurima, a name that pays homage to their house country of Burundi. Due to the fact 2010, the Umurima farmers have developed refreshing foods for their family members and nearby marketplaces on non-public land near Avondale rail station with guidance from Global Growers, an organization known for its network of farms and gardens that facilitate land obtain for new People. The team of ladies acquire MARTA to and from their households in Clarkston and Stone Mountain to are inclined to their backyard. 

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two a long time and has been a journalist and freelance author for 35 several years. He’s also an award-successful poet and novelist.
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