September 28, 2001
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or
Polk County Boot
Camp Partners with Community to Raise Food for Hungry
The Polk County
Juvenile Boot Camp - in partnership with the Word of Life Christian Center
in Bartow, Southeastern College and the Polk County School Board -
has received $5,000 in grant funding from the Polk County Neighborhood
Revitalization Matching Grant Program to raise food for the hungry.
The project features the construction of a Tilapia fish farm at the Boot
Camp greenhouse located in East Bartow. Boot Camp recruits will be
responsible for the care, cleaning, feeding and harvesting of the fish.
The harvested fish will be donated to the community through the Word of
Life Christian Center to help feed the hungry.
Not only will the project serve to feed the hungry, but also teach both
Boot Camp recruits and members of the community about the job skills
required to successfully operate a small business. All
profits/products from the fish farm will be donated back to the community
for fundraisers, beautification projects, feeding the hungry and teaching
The $5,000 in funding has been used to purchase the fish farm system, test
kits, heaters, and instructional information. The Sheriff's Office also
has donated funding to purchase equipment and the fish.