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Fluor gives grant to Upstate greenhouse

Staff Report
Published Jan. 17, 2013

Fluor Corp. said the Project Host Greenhouse, an effort supported by the company’s Greenville employees, was chosen for the company’s Centennial Community Fund program and will receive a $10,000 grant.

Founded in 1981, Project Host features a culinary school that trains unemployed individuals in the necessary job and life skills required for work in professional kitchens. Through its Feeding Hungry Children Project, the organization prepares healthy, scratch-made meals for 400 children each day, and its soup kitchen feeds approximately 200 adults daily. With Fluor’s contribution and company volunteers, the organization built a greenhouse to prolong its growing season for its garden to support the culinary school and soup kitchen.

“As a global company working in both developed and developing countries, we strive to improve the communities in which our employees live and work through programs and organizations that make sure basic human needs are being met. I am truly proud of the time and effort that all of our employees invest in these programs,” Glenn Gilkey, senior vice president of human resources and administration, said in a news release.

In honor of the company’s 100th anniversary celebration throughout 2012, Fluor established the $100,000 Centennial Community Fund and selected 10 charitable organizations, which were nominated by Fluor employees. Each recipient received $10,000 as well as employee volunteers to help complete their projects.

The grant to Project Host Greenhouse is in addition to the awards announced last year.