Clean Neighborhoods 4 Babies Community Outreach Program – High Tunnels and Restoration Project

The “Clean Neighborhoods 4 Babies” program is a community outreach program that is offered through The First Year Foundation Incorporated. The objectives within this program are to (a.) eliminate food inequality, (b.) facilitate monthly trash collection events in local neighborhoods that are located in the zip code areas where the highest fetal and infant mortality rates are, (c.) increase awareness about lead being a danger to children and their mothers, (d.) increase blight reduction, and (e.) promote environmental sustainability.

The First Year Foundation has earned funding from the United States Department of Agriculture through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) as part of a community partnership with the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resource and Conservation Service. The First Year Foundation will use this funding to custom design and build “high tunnels” in order to grow fresh fruits and vegetables to distribute exclusively to pregnant mothers. The pregnant mothers live within the zip code areas where the highest incidences of fetal and infant mortality are. Our goal is to distribute at least, but not limited to, 500 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables exclusively to pregnant mothers by the year 2020. The organization has also made plans to restore a distressed home within the historic Orange Mound community.

The organization’s first expected outcome is to distribute at least 500 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables exclusively to pregnant mothers by the year 2020. Their second expected outcome is the complete restoration of a distressed home within the historic Orange Mound community that can serve as an excellent new community based space. The First Year Foundation would promote environmental sustainability by making the community space as green and self-sustaining as possible. The desired design features are an electric car charging outlet, compostable toilets, new glass ceilings or skylights for natural lighting, a rainwater cistern, and a residential solar power grid.