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Melissa’s Partners With L.A. Kings to Rebuild Elementary School Garden and Educate

In celebration of their 50th Anniversary season, the Los Angeles Kings and Kings Care Foundation pledged to engage LA Kings players, alumni, staff and fans with 50 charitable acts throughout the city of Los Angeles. These acts, characterized by donations, awareness campaigns and volunteerism, are intended to give back in a substantial way to the same city that has supported the Kings since 1967.

On Tuesday, January 24, Melissa’s and the LA Kings partnered with EnrichLA, a not-for-profit organization, to help the Kings with their 22nd charitable act of the year. Our teams joined forces and built 20th Street Elementary School a new interactive garden. The school is about 2.5 miles from Melissa’s. In addition to being close to both Melissa’s and Staples Center (home of the LA Kings), the school is in a very busy urban area, making it a perfect candidate for EnrichLA’s mission of creating edible gardens in underserved and urban schools.

This was Melissa’s first time working with EnrichLA, a worthy charity that builds and helps take care of edible school gardens throughout Los Angeles. After installing and managing a garden at a middle school nearly 10 years ago, Tomas O’Grady, EnrichLA’s Executive Director, discovered how the garden benefitted the students, staff and the surrounding community. He formally founded EnrichLA in 2011 as a non-profit.

That first school is now one of nearly 70, and all show how school gardens can transform communities. Having a garden brings people together, adds beauty to urban areas, improves morale and promotes healthy living. The organization’s slogan, “A Garden in Every School,” is true to Tomas’s vision of a better Los Angeles, where children can experience the joy of growing, harvesting, preparing and eating simple whole foods. Read more >