Planty for the People is a nonprofit initiative that seeks to bridge gaps of healthy food access in the food deserts of our city. Through a pay it forward diner, community supported gardening, and special outreach and educational opportunities, we are aiming to create a community centered space that hopes to bring about wellness to an underserved area of El Paso. We believe that good, healthy food and a sense of community is a right for everyone and want to present a commonplace in which these things may be cultivated and sustainably nurtured.
Planty for the People has three programs related to food access and education. Through a sponsored pay-it-forward program, volunteers that work a minimum of one hour qualify for a prepared meal. We have a total of 44 garden beds currently on site and host garden education classes led by a horticulturist who covers topics that include: starting your own compost, germinating and sowing seeds, dealing with pests, harvesting and working with the seasons. We offer plant-based cooking classes to promote the intake of more fruits and vegetables with sponsorships available to at risk demographics. Our local food promotion program will make locally sourced, fresh produce available in a low income, food desert. By becoming a SNAP retailer, our program will not only be accessible but affordable as well. We believe that we can break through the food deserts of our local community with these programs, and bring a sustainable community culture based around fresh, plant based food access.