Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture Launches “Gill’s Onions’ Double Your Impact Challenge”
SANTA PAULA, CA - In support of Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG), Gill’s Onions will match all donations up to $10,000 for every dollar donated during the month of May. As part of SEEAG’s second annual “Double Your Impact Challenge,” these efforts will help the association continue its agricultural education programming.
“SEEAG provides an important service to the public,” noted Steve Gill, Gill’s Onions President and SEEAG Board Member. “Its education programs teach young students about where their food comes from, much of which is grown right here locally. Middle and high school students learn about career opportunities in agriculture. SEEAG gets kids excited about eating healthy, which will hopefully impact their eating habits for life.”
Gills has been a long-time supporter of SEEAG’s ag education, which thus far has reached over 60,000 elementary school students in central and southern California, according to a press release. All SEEAG programs are 100 percent cost-free to schools and students.
“Gill’s Onions is one of SEEAG’s biggest supporters,” said Mary Maranville, SEEAG Founder and CEO. “After a year of being out of the classroom and our farm field trips put on hold because of COVID-19, we’re beginning to schedule in-person instruction for this year and next. The $20,000 total donation will help us fulfill SEEAG’s educational mission.”
All of the Gill’s Onions “Double Your Impact Challenge” matching donations go toward student learning.
“This school year we had to adopt our programs to live online distance learning presentations, which also included distributing thousands of bags filled with fresh produce and soil and seed giveaways,” added Maranville. “Even during this difficult year, local teachers in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties registered over 2,200 students for our online distance learning programs.”
In addition to this support, Gill’s Onion also participates in SEEAG’s annual Ventura County Farm Day, which is scheduled for November 6, where farms, ranches, and agricultural organizations open their doors to the community for an inside look at how food is grown in the county.
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