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The Meridian Freedom Project recieves large grant from National Geographic

A local non-profit whose goal is to grow young leaders, has been awarded a grant of $22,000 from National Geographic.

The grant was awarded to the Meridian Freedom Project in October, and the funds will be used for a service-learning project to develop 6 community gardens across the city, in locations that are considered food deserts.


“We realized last semester, when the children had to go virtual, and the were not able to go to school and receive breakfast and lunch like they usually do. There was a problem, because we began to deliver food to children, other community organizations amped up their giving. So, we decided to do something that’s a little more sustainable. We want to plan things that are actually going to be maintained throughout the year,” said Adrian cross, Executive Director of the Meridian Freedom Project.

The Meridian Freedom Project plans to get the ball rolling on its community garden service-learning project next year in January.


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