Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Social Work and Public Health


Catholic Charities (CC) is a non-governmental organization that is a part of a network of charities that focuses on immediate disaster response and helps to stabilize impacted communities. Their humanitarian-aid includes housing assistance, funding for health care services, disaster relief and distribution of food. The macro-level problem is too many people in Monterey County are at risk of diabetes. The micro-level problem is that residents of Eden Housing have a higher risk of not eating healthy foods. This project serves Eden Housing residents in Seaside where a gardening and nutrition education event was held to assist residents to plant vegetables and learn about nutritious eating and drinking. The expected outcome of the project is for Eden housing residents to learn about healthier eating and drinking options. The project was successful because families came together and planted vegetables every week. The agency will continue to lead gardening events to address obesity levels in Monterey County.