Monday, November 7, 2011

Concrete Jungle snags $1,000 grant to help gather metro Atlanta's unused, overlooked fruits and nuts

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Concrete Jungle, a local volunteer group that picks and distributes unused fruits and nuts to metro Atlanta homeless organizations and charities, has won a $1,000 grant from the Awesome Foundation, a Boston-based network that offers funding to organizations dedicated to, well, awesome ideas. Via the Awesome Network's press release:

“We picked Concrete Jungle because of what they’ve picked as their expertise — finding uses for fruit across Atlanta that otherwise would go to waste,” said Micki Maynard, creator of CulinaryWoman and an Awesome Food trustee. “At every step, this awesome project is helping someone or something. It aids the environment, by keeping the trees bountiful and healthy. It helps community groups with its donations of fruit, and allows them to do their work helping the hungry.”

Concrete Jungle plans to spend the cash, according to the press release, on "an eclectic set of tools to make fruit picking easier and more fun." Those include:

... bow and arrows to get ropes over high branches; sticks made by Nerf to hit fruit down from high places; inflatable pool rafts to cushion produce that falls from up high; a baby pool for people to sit in while they scrub apples; and hard hats to protect from falling fruit.

Any leftover cash will be spent on mini-apple grinders and juices to make cider and fruit trees to plant in public places that could be tapped for future picks. Such plantings would require city approval, which the group is confident it can secure.

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