Reliant, mayor team up to restore Corpus Christi’s community gardens

Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo is teaming up with electricity company Reliant to help community gardens recover from damage caused by Winter Storm Uri. 

Guajardo is holding a news conference at 10:30 a.m. Thursday to announce the community initiative. 

Freezing temperatures and ice during the mid-February storm killed many crops and damaged irrigation for the community gardens. 

“Providing residents with increased access to fresh foods and mitigating food insecurity in our area plays an important role in re-envisioning the health and social wellbeing of our City,” the mayor said.

The Mayor’s Community Gardens Restoration Program is backed by Reliant. The company made a donation that will provide resources to help rebuild or establish new community gardens, Guajardo said. 

Hot spicy oregano is planted in the community garden on Monday, April 3, 2017, at the YWCA in Corpus Christi.

How much the Houston-based company gave will be revealed during the news conference.

The donation is part of Reliant’s $4 million commitment to address food and water shortages, temporary or damaged housing, and the overall winter storm recovery effort across Texas.

The gardens will provide fresh produce and serve to educate youth and adults on sustainable food sources and life skills. 

The program fund will be administered by the Coastal Bend Community Foundation.

Paulette Guajardo

If you go: 

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

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