Redwood Trust Employees Visit Tenderloin People’s Garden

Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) and Redwood Trust Partner to bring Fresh Vegetables to the Tenderloin
Redwood Trust provides $10,000 grant and employee volunteer day to support the Tenderloin People’s Garden.

On Wednesday, May 23, several Redwood Trust employees joined TNDC staff and volunteers at a Harvest Day to help weed, shape garden beds, water plants, and harvest food.

The food harvested from this Harvest Day was distributed to low-income families and individuals in the Tenderloin. The Tenderloin is one of the only neighborhoods in San Francisco without a full-service grocery store, which makes accessing fresh, healthy and affordable food close to home nearly impossible.

“The Tenderloin People’s Garden is one component of TNDC’s Food Justice Campaign to address food security and hunger in our community. The generous donation by the Redwood Trust Employee Foundation will allow us to engage more residents in urban agriculture and realize our goal to bring fresh vegetables to low-income residents in the Tenderloin,” said Lorenzo Listana, TNDC Community Organizer.

Located in Mill Valley, CA and established in 2007, the Redwood Trust Employee Foundation’s mission is to provide Redwood Trust employees opportunities to support nonprofit organizations in its surrounding communities through charitable donations and employee volunteer service.

“Each year, we consider countless nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area. When we became aware of TNDC’s significant and positive impact on the condition of low-income families in its neighborhood, the decision to support their efforts was one of the easiest we’ve ever made. TNDC epitomizes the typeof organization with which we’re proud to be affiliated,” said Katie Links of Redwood Trust.

TNDC will use the funds to support the garden staff salaries and supplies which currently provide more than 2,000 pounds of fresh vegetables to Tenderloin residents each year. This volunteer-powered program provides residents, including many seniors, a chance to grow their own fresh, healthy food, to socialize, and to give back to their community.

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