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In July, as part of their nationwide tour, Lays potato chips donated 60 plants to NYRP to support our ongoing greening efforts citywide. The donation included a mix of potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and basil.

While a portion of this donation was used in NYRP gardens and places of operation, the majority went to community groups in the neighborhoods that we serve and that surround our green spaces.

The 115th Street Block Association was the first group to benefit from the Lays' donation. The Block Association, with help from a few El Cataño gardeners and NYRP Community Development staff, planted 23 plants at the Block Association’s new office located on 115th Street and Madison Avenue.

The next group to receive part of the plant donation was NYRP's 103rd Street Community Garden, located just a few blocks away from our Home Depot and Target East Harlem Gardens. NYRP gave our community gardeners 19 plants to help them fill a few empty spots in the garden. With four NYRP community gardens all on situated within walking distance of one another, this part of East Harlem  now serves as a growing green oasis for all of the nearby residents.

Both groups were ecstatic about receiving the plants and expressed their gratitude towards NYRP. In all, Lays contribution has gone a long way in further strengthening relationships with community members and solidifying NYRP as New York City’s go-to greening organization.

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