2011 Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant Winner Announcement

By Michael Metallo

South Burlington, Vermont, April 1, 2011 – The Muhammad Ali Center, Yum! Brands Foundation and the National Gardening Association are proud to announce the winning programs for the 2011 Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant.

The hundreds of applications were received from school programs across the United States and locations around the world. Each demonstrated a commitment to teaching children multicultural respect, nutrition and hunger relief through garden programming. Fifty-five winning programs were selected that exemplified these studies in the garden.

“The Ali Center’s vision is to make a positive difference in the world by fostering respect for one another and inspiring growth,” said Jeanie Kahnke, vice president of communications for The Muhammad Ali Center. “The Peace Gardens project is a powerful way to invite and unite students to learn about one another’s culture through the production of healthy foods and dedicating oneself to achieving a goal.”

“We are delighted to support Yum! Brands and the Muhammad Ali Center in a joint effort to bring peace studies and nutrition education to children around the world,” said Mike Metallo, president and CEO, National Gardening Association. “This program exemplifies our mission to improve the connection young people have to their food and to one another through gardening.” “We congratulate the winners of the ‘Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden’ grants,” said Amy Sherwood, Vice President Public Relations for Yum! Brands Foundation, Inc. “We are excited to see the overwhelming response. The gardens foster multicultural respect, teach nutrition and extend our World Hunger Relief efforts,” added Sherwood.

“We are pleased and proud to join the cooperative efforts of the Muhammad Ali Center, Yum! Brands and the National Gardening Association and provide vegetable and herb plants for the establishment of Peace Gardens to consciously cultivate valuable life lessons for our youth in cross cultural consideration, respect, and nutrition though the joy, spirit and instrument of gardening” said Stan Cope, President of Bonnie Plants.

Winning programs will receive $500 in supplies to establish a garden including garden bed, child-sized tools and gloves, a composter, an NGA curriculum package and a Peace Garden Curriculum Guide. The items will provide recipients with the necessary tools to either start or continue to engage children and build their knowledge in the garden.

2011 Muhammad Ali Peace Center Garden Grant Winners

To learn more about NGA’s Grant programs, please visit http://www.kidsgardening.org

About the NGA

Founded in 1973, National Gardening Association (NGA) is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education, respected for its award-winning, information-rich websites and newsletters; grants, curricula, and resources for youth gardens; and research for the lawn and garden industry. NGA’s mission is to promote home, school, and community gardening as a means to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. To learn more about gardening with children, please visit www.kidsgardening.org.

About the Muhammad Ali Center

The Muhammad Ali Center serves as both a destination site and an international education and cultural center that is inspired by the ideas of its founder Muhammad Ali. The Ali Center’s innovative and immersive visitor experience, public and educational programming, and global initiatives- including conflict resolution training and management- carry on Muhammad Ali’s legacy and continue his life’s work. The Ali Center strives to carry on the six core values of Ali’s life: Respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, giving and spirituality; the Ali Center seeks to inspire you to find the greatness within. For more information please visit www.alicenter.org.

About Yum! Brands, Inc.

Yum! Brands, Inc., headquartered in Louisville, KY and the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut & Taco Bell, is the world’s largest restaurant company with nearly 38,000 restaurants in over 110 countries and territories and more than one million associates. The Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens initiative is underwritten by Yum! Brands Foundation as an extension of its World Hunger Relief campaign, the world’s largest private sector hunger relief effort in partnership with UN World Food Program. Since World Hunger Relief launched in 2007, more than one million of the Company’s employees, franchisees and their families have volunteered more than 21 million hours to aid hunger relief efforts in communities worldwide. The effort has raised nearly $85 million for WFP and other hunger relief organizations and is helping to provide over 350 million meals and save the lives of millions of people in remote corners of the world.

About Bonnie Plants

Headquartered in Union Springs, Alabama, Bonnie Plants is the largest producer of vegetable and herb plants in North America, with 65 growing stations serving 48 states, regionally, nationwide. Established in 1918 by Bonnie and Livingston Paulk, the company is led by Stan Cope, President, and grandson of its founders. Bonnie provides a wide variety of vegetables and herbs in biodegradable, plantable pots saving millions of pounds of plastic from landfills each year. Plants are available at garden retailers across the country. For more information please visit www.bonnieplants.com

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