Food grown by the IP Institute project will benefit centers supporting vulnerable populations (Centros POP) Três Lagoas (MS)
With the work of students and teachers, the Joaquim Marques de Souza and Parque São Carlos schools, participants in the Nature and Body Project, harvested their first crop on October 6. Donations were delivered to the Municipal Social Assistance Secretariat of Três Lagoas, which will send the produce to Centros Pop, serving people living on the street.
In total, around seven kilos of produced was harvested, including: lettuce, arugula, chicory and spring onions, which will feed people served by programs through the city’s Social Assistance Secretariat.
The food was received by Vera Helena, the Social Assistance Secretary, at a special event at the Joaquim Marques de Souza school, which was attended by the students responsible for the harvest.
Nature and Body is one of the projects coordinated by International Paper Institute, aimed at preserving Brazilian food traditions. The project uses vegetable gardens to encourage the adoption of healthier eating habits, with varied consumption of vegetables and leafy greens.
Nature and Body began in 2013 and started with gardens of herbs that were popularly known for their therapeutic properties. In 2016, the project evolved to implementation of gardens within the school environment. From the start, IIP has provided total support to set up the gardens.