The day before Thanksgiving, Kevin Bacon dropped in on Harlem Grown, a local nonprofit that educates youth on urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition by enabling them to grow, consume, and share fresh fruits and vegetables on a farm in the middle of the city.
He joined children, staff and other volunteers in composting and other garden projects during this surprise visit. He also announced a grant for the organization, along with an online fundraising challenge to the general public to join him in supporting Harlem Grown.
The mission of Harlem Grown is to inspire youth to live healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. The charity serves at-risk youth living in communities with high poverty rates and high unemployment rates.
Over 85% of families served are living at or below the poverty line. Almost half (46%) of the youth served are either overweight or obese and 80% live in single-parent households. Harlem Grown is an oasis in a food desert, where fast-food restaurants are four times as prevalent as the overall urban average, and access to affordable, healthy food is limited.