Uncasville, CT (September 12, 2022) – Today, the Connecticut Sun announced its involvement in FRESH New London’s first annual Garden Walk for Food Justice.
The Garden Walk, which is being held to promote food justice and sustaining green spaces in New London, will take place on Saturday, September 17 at 9:30 A.M. Participants will walk a 2.5 mile circuit in New London, visiting each of FRESH’s five gardens. Walkers will have the chance to see FRESH’s innovative urban farming techniques, get to sample seasonal crops, and learn more about each garden and how FRESH reclaimed these spaces amongst New London’s cityscape. At the conclusion of the walk, there will be pizza from FRESH’s outdoor woodfire oven, music, festivities, and plants and merchandise for sale.
“We all deserve control over our food choices and access to quality greenspaces in our neighborhoods, said Alicia McAvay, Executive Director of FRESH New London . This fundraiser uplifts the way that FRESH, in partnership with neighbors and organizations, has reclaimed previously blighted and forgotten land. We welcome everyone to come support food justice and celebrate the beauty we are building here in New London.”
The Connecticut Sun is calling all its fans to donate and join the Sun front office staff and two players in the walk as a part of “Team Connecticut Sun.” Fans who donate at least $25 and register to walk on “Team Connecticut Sun” will be given a Connecticut Sun t-shirt that they can pick up at the Connecticut Sun table at FRESH’s Mercer Street garden location.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut is a sponsor of the Garden Walk, one of the initiatives that is part of the collaboration with the Sun to help address food insecurity across the state of Connecticut all season long. Anthem and the Sun are working together on projects that focus on equitable access to nutritious foods and fitness mentorship in under-served communities.
“Our team at Anthem is on a mission to improve lives and communities, and we have a long-standing heritage here that we’ve built over the past 85 years,” said Lou Gianquinto, president, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut. “That’s why we are continuing to partner with a great organization like the Connecticut Sun on events that support people’s health locally. This event is important because it raises awareness about food insecurity while also giving attendees the opportunity to participate in a healthy activity like walking.”
Fans wanting to participate are encouraged to:
- Pledge to walk
- Ask friends and family to support their walk by giving donations, collect the funds, and add their information to this form.
- Bring your collected pledges and completed form with you on September 17 to the Mercer Street Garden, or fill it out and pay ahead of time online.
- Walk between FRESH’s five most popular gardens, complete a 2 1/2 mile loop, and stick around for a celebration with music from Q-105 complete with pizza from FRESH’s wood-fired oven.
“The impact we’ve been able to make through our partnership with Anthem and FRESH New London has been one that we are extremely proud of. Supporting our community members will always be a focus, and we’re glad to be able to do that with Anthem and FRESH New London, while raising awareness about food insecurity and the wonderful resources that members of our community have at their disposal.” – Morgan Tuck, Connecticut Sun Director of Franchise Development
About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Anthem Health Plans, Inc. Independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Anthem is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut is available at www.anthem.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/anthemBCBS and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AnthemBlueCrossBlueShield.
About FRESH New London
FRESH New London builds momentum for food system change by connecting communities, with an focus on youth of New London. We work to create the conditions for everyone to access food with dignity and have real control over their food access. We grow food as a way to reclaim land, highlight cultural relevance, inspire leadership, and incite change.
The Connecticut Sun is celebrating its 20th Anniversary as a franchise this year. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit www.connecticutsun.com.