New facility to house a charter school and provide many resources for the children and families of the Immokalee farmworker community.
Immokalee, Florida – RCMA (Redlands Christian Migrant Association) and Lipman Family Farms have officially broken ground on the new Lipman Family Campus for Children and Families. When completed, the $16.4 million campus will feature two new child development centers, a community center, two soccer fields and a new charter school.
“We’re honored to break ground with RCMA, building a literal and metaphorical foundation that will guarantee a bright future for the migrant community in Immokalee,” shared Jaime Weisinger, Director of Community and Government Relations for Lipman Family Farms and fourth generation family member. “RCMA is a trusted steward of the education and welfare of the children of our community,” he added.
Last month, Lipman Family Farms, long-time supporters of RCMA, made a $3 million donation to the organization; the largest donation Lipman has ever made to any one organization. The gift will support efforts to expand RCMA’s charter schools throughout the state of Florida, as well as support the new Lipman Family Campus for Children and Families in Immokalee.
“We are grateful for the Lipman family’s commitment to supporting our shared community,” said Isabel Garcia, Executive Director of RCMA. “Their generous donation is a historic one for our organization and a reflection of their commitment to the families and future generations of Immokalee.”
The construction of the child development centers is an upgrade to the original centers in Immokalee impacted by past hurricanes. When constructed, the centers will serve over 200 children. The campus is scheduled to open in July, 2025.
RCMA is Florida’s largest nonprofit provider of quality early childhood education and a nationally recognized charter school operator. RCMA serves people in rural areas living in poverty, primarily migrant and agriculture working families. RCMA has 65 child development centers and two charter schools in 21 Florida counties that provide a bilingual, bicultural curriculum to more than 6,500 children annually. Established in 1965 and headquartered in Immokalee, RCMA has a staff of 1,600 employees and more than 50,000 alumni. Visit www.rcma.org.
ABOUT LIPMAN FAMILY FARMS
By creating authentic connections between our employees, customers, and communities for 75 years, Lipman Family Farms has become one of the nation’s largest integrated networks of growers, fresh-cut processors, and distributors of fresh produce. We pride ourselves in being an international company that remains family-owned, ensuring our ability to act as good stewards of our land and our people, creating growth that nourishes everyone. We are large enough to be local everywhere and are dedicated to being good from the ground up, providing solutions in research & development, field growing, greenhouse growing, procuring, packing, repacking, fresh-cut processing, distributing, food safety, and culinary development. Learn more at LipmanFamilyFarms.com.