United Way, Kellogg’s hosting Community Garden Project

By Jessica Johnston, Reporter

United Way was contacted by Kellogg’s corporate office to organize a project that would benefit the community and its members.

Kellogg’s is reaching out to the communities that the company has locations in to organize community development projects in order to help improve the cities that Kellogg’s has ties to, Katie McNeil, the Director of Resource Development at United Way, said.

The Community Garden Project will take place on July 7. United Way is planning to clean up Restoration Park and build an outdoor stage in the park. Restoration Park is one of the various locations around town that has a community garden where community members can help themselves to any flourishing produce in the garden.

“We want to give that park a little bit of a face-lift, and of course involve our community partners to do that,” McNeil said.

United Way has partnered with Muskingum County Health Department, Urban Greens and Walmart for assistance with the project.

The Walmart locations in both North and South Zanesville agreed to hang volunteer sign-ups to encourage their associates to take part in the project. Walmart carries MorningStar Farms products which are a meatless protein brand under Kellogg’s.

Kellogg’s main goals are food and security, McNeil said. The company is dedicated to helping feed more people.

After the official project concludes at 2 p.m. there will be an educational segment for children. The educational opportunity will include some history and information about the underground railroad that used to be in operation around Zanesville. Details about the educational piece will be advertised soon, McNeil said.

United Way is still accepting volunteers for the event.