For the fourth consecutive year, the Social Justice Learning Institute is partnering with the environmental nonprofit TreePeople to give away 800 free apple, apricot, peach, nectarine and plum trees. The giveaway will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 25 at Lennox Middle School. The fruit tree festival is part of an ongoing effort to promote healthy eating habits and a health conscious lifestyle in Lennox, Inglewood and South Los Angeles. More than 4,000 trees have been given away since the festival began at Morningside high school in Inglewood. But this year the festival moves to Lennox, thanks to the additional partnerships with the Lennox School District and Lennox Coordinating Council.
“We began distributing fruit trees to address the high rate of diet related diseases,” said Dr. D’Artagnan Scorza, executive director of Social Justice Learning Institute. “We are bringing the festival to Lennox so that residents can have the same access to fresh food so that they can live healthier lives.”
As part of the festival workshops will be held in both English and Spanish for attendees to learn how to measure their body weight, read food labels, start a garden and prepare healthy meals and snacks such as salads and fresh hummus. There will also be a free fitness training session.
“We are hoping that residents will become aware of the opportunity to grow their own food and take charge of their eating habits,” Dr. Scorza said. “We want to address the food desert issues in Lennox in a fun, engaging and interactive way.”
Fruit trees don’t just provide nutrition. According to TreePeople, trees clean the air, provide oxygen, save water, conserve energy, help prevent water pollution and reduce Ultraviolet B exposure by about 50 percent.
To learn more about the Fruit Tree Giveaway Festival and to get an application for a free tree, please visit: