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Moe’s and Poe Garden Grant Program Announced

The Triangle-Area Moe’s Southwest Grills and the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education announced the launch of the 2014 Moe’s and Poe Garden Grant program, which will  give two local elementary schools $1,000 grants to either establish a new garden or improve an existing garden at their school.

Similar to the 2013 campaign, Triangle residents can nominate an elementary school to receive a grant starting at any of the 17 Triangle-area Moe’s locations, the Poe Center, or directly through the Poe Center’s website at by April 13.

Following the public submission period,  Poe Center staff will select 10 finalist schools (five without a school garden, and five with a garden to improve).  Finalists will be revealed on the Moe’s Triangle Facebook page from April 21 – 30 for public voting to determine a winning school in each category. The two winning schools will be announced on May 2.

Gardens introduce children to planting, watering and harvesting. This experience helps provide a lifelong love of the origin of their food, which encourages children to make smarter choices about the food they eat. The garden grants will enable schools to teach children the seed-to-plate process with hands-on interaction.

From handmade pico de gallo and seasonal salsas to all natural, grass fed 100% sirloin steak, Moe’s Southwest Grill enables kids to customize their very own meals, packed full of wholesome and fresh ingredients that taste great.

“Last year’s successful launch of the program had 97 schools participate and more than 6,300 public votes,” said Jennifer Wade, president of the Moe’s Southwest Grill Triangle Co-op.  “We’ve been thrilled to watch Brentwood Elementary and Willow Springs Elementary put their grants to good use and look forward to working with the Poe Center again this year for such a good cause.”

“The Poe Center is dedicated to helping children and families learn about creative and easy ways to make healthy eating decisions,” said Ann Rollins, Executive Director of the Poe Center.  “Moe’s provides their customers with a variety of fresh food choices and empowers young eaters to pick their own healthy options, which is why they are an ideal partner.”

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