Date: September 28, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager
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 job skills.   

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.


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