A $500 million federal grant recognized community improvements fostered by the AmeriCorps program at Springfield College.
AmeriCorps, through its food corps program, is making it possible for students at the Edward P. Boland Elementary School to grow their own food on school grounds.
Principal Lisa Bakowski told 22News, the vast majority of students come from families in need.
“Our students are going to be planting vegetables and just harvesting this area and bring about to pick the vegetables and bring them home to their families,” Bakowski said.
The students will begin growing their vegetables on Thursday.
The Boland School was the recipient of a previous Springfield College-sponsored AmeriCorps program, which provided tutors for an early education literacy program.