MOM’s Food Pantry Gardens Provide Fresh Fruits and Veggies for Local Families
Once again this summer, MOM’s food pantry gardens are helping pantry clients access fresh fruit and vegetables—and bring them directly from the garden to their tables. To do this, MOM supports three gardens: the MOM Melon Garden, the MOM Distribution Center (DC) Garden and the MOM Family Garden.
Both the Melon and DC Gardens help stock the food pantry with garden fresh fruits and vegetables grown and tended by volunteers. This year, the melon garden has about 100 hills of watermelons that should provide several tons of melons later this season. The DC Garden grows hot peppers and tomatillos that are on the food pantry shelves literally minutes after harvesting—available to families in our community who need them.
MOM’s third garden, the Family Garden, is a teaching garden. Here, 22 food pantry clients have their own small 20’ x 20’ plots where volunteer mentors provide support and instruction on growing fruits and vegetables. MOM provides the families with seeds, tools and plants, thanks to support from Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens. Often, entire families come out to work in their garden together. It’s not uncommon to see children of all ages assisting their parents as they learn new skills they will carry with them throughout their lives. Best of all, families get to keep all the food they grow in their gardens, taking home nutritious fresh veggies to supplement their meals. So far this year, families have taken home 1,436 pounds of vegetables, grown with the assistance of 275 volunteer hours. And of course, the numbers are still climbing!
Thank you to all the volunteers and supporters who have made these summer gardens a success.
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