Project Learning Garden Contest

Planting Seeds for Success: Enter to Win the Project Learning Garden Contest

Healthy eating is more than just a set of individual actions; it’s a way of life. At Heinen’s, we believe that this starts with knowing exactly where our food comes from. Through partnering with local farmers and forming relationships with national and international growers, producers and artisans, we have taken the guess work out of grocery shopping.

We’ve taken our commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles one step further by partnering with Dole and the Captain Planet Foundation to share the message of hands-on healthy eating with local elementary schools.

Kids Planting with Hands

Together, Heinen’s, Dole and the Captain Planet Foundation share in the belief that developing healthy eating habits begins long before you are grocery shopping for yourself and your family. It’s a lifelong process that starts in childhood as we are discovering and expanding our tastes and palates.

Our partnership is bringing this belief to life as we launch the Project Learning Garden contest on September 18, 2018. For one month, Cleveland and Chicago elementary schools, or accredited after-school child care facilities, can enter to win a Captain Planet Foundation Learning Garden complete with garden beds, gardening and lesson supplies and a fully equipped mobile cooking cart, among other tools for a one-of-a-kind hands-on learning experience.

Dole and Captain Planet Foundation Garden with Signs

Project Learning Garden was created in 2011 as a multi-disciplinary nutrition education-based initiative under the leadership of the Captain Planet Foundation, an organization that advocates for today’s youth becoming great agents of change. The Captain Planet Foundation saw a need to develop a well-rounded program that allowed children to learn the importance of healthy eating using all five senses. Their Learning Gardens take lessons of healthy eating outside of the classroom by providing students and teacher’s materials for growing, cooking, tasting and learning new, healthy foods, which results in expanded palates and a strong foundation for healthy eating.

Since its creation, Captain Planet Foundation has provided 340 learning gardens to schools nationwide, 106 of which came out of a five year partnership with Dole. Dole’s commitment to promoting healthy eating in local communities, through their famously delicious fruits and veggies, makes their partnership with the Captain Planet Foundation the ideal Project Learning Garden Team.

Captain Planet Foundation Garden

Now, Heinen’s is joining the team to help bring Project Learning Garden to our Cleveland and Chicago neighborhoods. Help us give local children a strong foundation in healthy eating by entering your school into the Project Learning Garden Contest.

Interested in entering to win a Learning Garden for your school? Here’s what you need to know:

Who can enter?
All schools (K-5), or accredited after-school child care facilities in Ohio or Illinois and in the service area of Heinen’s Grocery Store.

*Excludes home school and online schooling programs
*Entrants must be 18 years or older and an official or affiliate of the school.

Where to enter:

Visit to submit your online entry.

When to enter:
The contest will run from Tuesday, September 18, 2018 – Thursday, October 18, 2018.

*Finalists will be announced in late October, followed by the announcement of winners in November 2018. Learning Gardens will be installed in the spring of 2019.

How many entries can I submit?
Limit one (1) entry per school or accredited after-school child care facility.

*Full contest rules and details are listed here.

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