CORPUS CHRISTI - The Port Industries of Corpus Christi (PICC), an alliance of 16-member companies operating in the Coastal Bend, presented a $100,000 sustaining grant recently to GROW Local South Texas at The Corpus Christi Downtown Farmers’ Market.

The gift will aid the organization in continuing to develop the local food system and provide the area with fresh, locally sourced food. The donation will be paid out over a three year period.

“We’ve watched the work GROW Local South Texas is doing and wanted to provide the organization with additional support so that it can continue to provide the many valuable services and learning opportunities that it does for our community,” said Bob Paulison, executive director of Port Industries. “This gift allows GROW Local South Texas to concentrate on the programs required to GROW the local food system and shore up its operational budget." 

This is the second time PICC member companies have provided support for Grow Local South Texas. The alliance, through its Coastal Bend Diabetes Initiative, provided Grow Local with approximately $51,000 in 2015.

"It’s a fantastic example of corporate responsibility and commitment to creating a healthier place for everyone in South Texas,” said Aislynn Campbell, executive director for GROW Local South Texas. “Thank you Port Industries and its member companies for leading the charge to make a strong local food system a reality.”

GROW Local South Texas is a nonprofit organization based in Corpus Christi, TX. We are led by our mission to cultivate a healthy community by growing the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable foods. GROW Local manages The Corpus Christi Downtown Farmers’ Market; The Learning Garden, a community teaching garden located at 3808 Up River Road; BAWKtoberfest, our annual urban chicken coop tour; and a monthly educational program.