ANV, a farming project for Oakland youths, wins Renewal Award

Acta Non Verba's Youth Harvest.  

An East Oakland, Calif., nonprofit that introduces urban youths to the way that Mother Nature produces fresh, healthy food was selected by Allstate and The Atlantic to receive a 2019 Renewal Award, which this year comes with an additional year of funding in addition to a $20,000 grant.

“Across the country, this year’s Renewal Award winners are improving their communities by empowering women, supporting new immigrants, and providing innovative educational paths for young people,” explained Elizabeth Brady, Chief Marketing Officer at Allstate. “Allstate is proud to invest in these changemakers who are making a difference in the lives of others every day.”

According to a press release sent out by Allstate and The Atlantic, Acta Non Verba (ANV) is one of five organizations from throughout the country selected for the honor this year. Created by women of color who live in the neighborhood, which is in one of the poorest and most crime-ridden cities in the country, the organization benefits children from what, according to the release, is designated as a “food desert” by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. 

Food deserts are areas in which it is difficult for residents to obtain affordable, or any, fresh food. According to the press release, only two stores within a three mile radius in this neighborhood sell produce, and their supply is limited.

In addition to introducing the youths to, and supplying them with, fresh fruits and vegetables, ANV gives them a chance to grow and sell produce, allowing the 175 young people who participate each year to earn funds for college accounts, and thus help them have a brighter future.

This is the fourth year Allstate and The Atlantic have teamed up to offer the Renewal Awards, which are offered only to nonprofit organizations nominated by legal residents of the U.S. and its territories. Nominees must perform some sort of innovative work to be considered.

“Nonprofits may be nominated for local innovations that improve their communities, including but not limited to public good works, partnerships involving nonprofit and volunteer organizations, local government, businesses, public-private partnerships and/or individuals,” the press release stated.

Leaders from ANV are joining the winners from other organizations today in New York City, where the awards are scheduled to be presented from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT at The Atlantic’s Renewal Summit.

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