Giving back

Posted: October 29, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Courtesy photo More than 40 volunteers from TrestleTree spent the day recently helping out at Tri Cycle Farms, an urban community farm in Fayetteville. The volunteers built an enclosed chicken run and worked in the vegetable and flower gardens. Leisha Atwood, TrestleTree health coach and service day organizer, presented a check for $1,200 to Don Bennett, founder of Tri Cycle Farms in Fayetteville. TrestleTree offers health behavior change coaching for disease management.

Seeds That Feed

Nonprofit community organization Seeds That Feed has been awarded a $50,000 Walmart Foundation grant, to support and facilitate Seeds That Feed capacity building initiatives in key areas of program evaluation and data collection. The grant funding period is current and will run through June 2018.

Seeds That Feed was invited to apply for this specific grant opportunity related to an invitational capacity building workshop and evaluation provided Jan. 11 to Northwest Arkansas area nonprofit organizations, conducted by the TCC Group and sponsored by the Walmart Foundation.

Having been selected for this grant award, Seeds That Feed will now begin a precisely crafted case study in collaboration with the University of Arkansas' Community and Family Institute (CFI), under the direction of Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick. The grant funding will be dedicated to developing and implementing data collection and tracking mechanisms through an original design, custom-built, web-based tool that will function and perform specifically for digital data recording.

Seeds That Feed has partnered with the Community and Family Institute in order to assess the overall effectiveness of their Mobile Food Network. This process will include interviews among program partners and recipients, and was launched Oct. 26 at the HOPE Outreach Event at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville.

Working closely with 53 regional farms, Farmers' Markets in Fayetteville, Bentonville, Springdale and Rogers, and multiple area retailers, Seeds That Feed has recovered over 69,000 pounds of fresh, locally grown produce, and more than 9,500 pounds of recovered foods from local businesses.

Through an efficient and ever-expanding Mobile Food Network delivery program, Seeds That Feed has partnered with 36 hunger relief partner sites including area pantries, community meals programs, schools and residential communities, to benefit more than 30,000 individuals and families annually.

Send information about charitable giving to ourtown@nwadg. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reserves the right to include information only if photos are of poor quality. Giving Back appears in the Thursday Our Town section and the Sunday Profiles section.

NAN Profiles on 10/29/2017