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Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo is working with electricity company Reliant to help community gardens recover from the damage caused by winter storm Uri.

Guajardo will hold a press conference on Thursday at 10:30 am to announce the community initiative.

The freezing temperatures and ice during the mid-February storm killed many crops and damaged the irrigation of community gardens.

“Improving local residents’ access to fresh food and reducing food insecurity in our region play an important role in overhauling the health and social wellbeing of our city,” said the mayor.

The Mayor’s Community Gardens Restoration Program is supported by Reliant. The company has made a donation that will provide resources for rebuilding or setting up new community gardens, Guajardo said.

On Monday, April 3, 2017, spicy oregano will be planted in the community garden of the YWCA in Corpus Christi.

How much the Houston-based company has given will be revealed during the press conference.

The donation is part of Reliant’s $ 4 million commitment to tackling food and water shortages, temporary or damaged homes, and overall efforts to recover from the winter storm across Texas.

The gardens will provide fresh produce and serve to educate young people and adults about sustainable food sources and life skills.

The program fund is administered by the Coastal Bend Community Foundation.

Paulette Guajardo

When you go:

  • What: The public is invited to attend a press conference announcing the Mayor’s Community Gardens Restoration Program.
  • When: Thursday 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: the Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center, 2021 Agnes St.

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