LA Kings and YMCA staff celebrate the completion of the edible garden build with a group photo at the Weingart YMCA Wellness & Aquatic Center on January 31, 2018.

LA Kings Join Forces with Enrich LA to Build Edible Garden at East Los Angeles YMCA

AEG’s LA Kings and Enrich LA joined forces, with the help of Blue Shield of California, to build an edible and interactive garden at Weingart YMCA Wellness & Aquatic Center last week.

Throughout the day, Kings staff built and installed 13 planter beds with fully functioning drip irrigation systems for the YMCA to further its education initiatives surrounding maintaining healthy lifestyles.

“We could not be more grateful for the generosity of the LA Kings, Enrich LA and Blue Shield of California. The new edible garden their volunteers built will help us to more fully serve the children, teens and families that come to the Weingart YMCA for the self-empowering programs and services they have to come to expect,” said Scottie Biggers, executive director, Weingart YMCA Wellness & Aquatic Center. “We will be able to provide healthy meals for families and foster an appreciation for home-grown, unprocessed foods, that hopefully will become the foundation for our community to live a healthier lifestyle.”

While the Kings and Enrich LA have previously teamed up to build three gardens in the past year throughout the greater Los Angeles area, this marks the second garden the LA Kings have sponsored exclusively for the YMCA. The Kings will build an additional three gardens throughout 2018 at various YMCAs throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Enrich LA is a community wellness non-profit organization that builds edible gardens for youth and families. Focusing on low-income and underserved neighborhoods of Los Angeles, Enrich LA hopes to engage students in cultivating and appreciating eating simple, home-grown foods.