The Burpee Foundation has generously awarded PHS $225,000 over three years to support enhancements to the PHS garden and greenhouse operations at the Philadelphia Prison System’s Northeast Correctional Facility, a key component of the PHS City Harvest program. These operations provide vital training and work opportunities for prison inmates while growing thousands of seedlings that supply community gardeners who grow for the City Harvest program. Prisoners also grow thousands of pounds of produce in the prison garden, much of which is donated to local food cupboards. The City Harvest program feeds 1,000 people each week during the growing season.
PHS President Drew Becher commented, “On behalf of everyone at PHS, I would like to thank the Burpee Foundation for the award. We are extremely grateful for their generous support and for your faith in our work. This grant will allow us to take our work at the prison to the next level by expanding work and training opportunities for inmates. It will also allow us to grow the capacity of our operations there, a fundamental component of PHS’s entire City Harvest program.”
The Burpee Foundation has been a loyal supporter of PHS for many years. Most recently, they supported City Harvest with a three-year, $75,000 grant.