According to Promise of Peace Founding Director Elizabeth Dry,
“Promise of Peace (POP) Gardens establishes urban food gardens in neighborhoods and schools to give community members access to quality Earth to Table education and nutritious locally grown food. Over the past 13 years, we have established 12 food gardens across North Texas, and delivered high quality education to over 6,000 families. We have witnessed life-changing transformations on our journey and connected so many to a better future of health and success.
“Promise of Peace Gardens is a grassroots non-profit that educates youth and families with life changing Earth to Table programming. Because we are an all-volunteer organization, all money raised on North Texas Giving Day goes directly to our programming. This opportunity has provided tremendous reach over the past eight years. For every $100 donated, we can serve one family of four for six weeks with monthly Soup It Forward Kits and Seed to Soul Cooking classes. $500 will serve a family of four for an entire season. And, for every $1,000, Promise of Peace can establish a garden space of three, 8’X4” raised garden beds. Without staffing expenses, we can directly impact lives with every penny.
“Promise of Peace Gardens delivers its award-winning program, Soups It Forward, to over 20 POP Families in East and West Dallas every month with delicious and nutritious dense ingredients from the garden and we share recipes from the ‘Traveling Soup Pot’ by Mary Chamberlin. Each soup contains chemical free produce, a wonderful recipe such as Caldo Verde, and broth from our very own JoAnne Bondy of Stocks and Bondy. The families also receive Seed to Soul cooking lessons. When they prepare their soup together, eat together, the families engage in meaningful conversations that are supportive and bonding. We also provide a container so they can soup it forward to a neighbor or someone in need. The impact is transformative as it automatically creates conversations around the food that change the way they are making food choices about other recipes. Many times, there are ingredients in the soup kit that our families have never seen much less had on their tables.
“Our families learn quickly how to elevate the plate with locally grown ingredients that increase their over health, vitality and they develop a positive perspective of gratitude for that which comes from Mother Earth and our local farmers. When we conduct our Seed to Soul Cooking classes, we also learn how to shop economically at stores and at local farmers markets. Our sustainable and practical curriculum and programming services can be funded for a little under $50,000 a year. North Texas Giving Day funds a large portion of the annual budget that other neighborhoods can replicate. Promise of Peace grows more than food and the money NTGD is a powerful stream of revenue for deep impact.”
* Photo Credit: Elizabeth Dry
Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day helps build awareness and support for nonprofits like nothing else. In 2021, $66 million was raised through 103,000 donors benefiting over 3,300 local nonprofits, bringing the 13-year total to over $441 million for our community. NTx Giving Day is the largest community-wide giving event in the nation.