Grow-Bags of Produce Plants were Distributed for Fall Holiday (aka Thanksgiving) Effort at Mary’s Center Silver Spring Location
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and Mary’s Center, through a partnership with Plantita Power, provided healthy, sustainable and quality food to immigrant and QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities for Fall Holiday (aka Thanksgiving) during Covid-19 to families in need. The Fall Holiday distribution effort for Plantita Power took place at Mary’s Center in Silver Spring as volunteers distributed growbags of produce plants including kale, chard and dill among others.
Through the partnership, Plantita Power will scale up their innovative movement of food and body liberation to reach individual and community healing with the belief that growing food leads to much more than fruit or vegetables; it helps to heal trauma. HHF will incubate Plantita Power through their LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) LAB and as a new initiative to address the growing food insecurity among vulnerable communities. HHF and Mary’s Center will provide additional infrastructure for growth through a collaboration with Mary’s Center to nourish, educate and make quality food available in the Greater Washington Area. The Plantita Power programs are available in English, Spanish and American Sign Language.
“The purpose of Plantita Power is not only to provide access to quality food and sustainable living among marginalized communities,” said Steph Niaupari of Plantita Power. “It is also to leverage the healing power of plants. People are able to see growth in themselves when spending time with plants. People do not realize many of their own needs until they have to care for another. We are energized by the collaboration with Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Mary’s Center to be able to have an even greater impact with their support.”
Based on Plantita Power’s practices and concepts on food preservation, social-solidarity based economy, body liberation, and achieving food sovereignty, Plantita Power strengthens existing projects in urban spaces and provides tools to eliminate barriers to fair-food access. Plantita Power currently has 3 gardens in the Washington DC area and is looking to expand to New York City and Los Angeles.
About Plantita Power
Plantita Power was founded by Steph Niaupari (they/elle) with the support of Emma V. Balderas (she/her), and Shara Bonilla (she/her) in 2019, with purpose of creating a movement of food and body liberation to heal individuals and communities by building stronger connection with the earth through nutrition, mental wellness, self-worth, and community collectiveness. Plantita Power also seeks to build more inclusive networks for all languages, bodies, financial status for the QTBIPOC community. Follow them on Instagram at @PlantitaPower.
About Hispanic Heritage Foundation and LOFT LAB
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a national nonprofit focused on education, workforce, social impact and culture through innovation and leadership. Through HHF’s LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) LAB, startups, ideas, projects and actions are supported to increase impact. LOFT LAB also supports the development of social entrepreneurs, visionaries and innovative leadership. Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org and follow HHF on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.
About Mary’s Center
Mary’s Center is a community health center serving over 60,000 people of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds in the Washington, DC metro area for over 30 years. With an integrated model of health care, education, and social services, Mary’s Center offers each participant individualized care on the path toward good health, stability, and economic independence. For more information, visit www.maryscenter.org.
For images and video of the effort or to interview principals of the partnership, please contact Nicolas Pena at Nicolas@HispanicHeritage.org.