NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) – Growing Together Nebraska Food Pantry Garden has grown and delivered over 1,400 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables to three local pantries. This garden at the West Central Research and Extension Center came to be thanks to a USDA grant of $1,300 dollars. Their goal is to educate volunteers on the gardening process and to make fresh produce accessible to people who are on limited incomes and budgets.
“Individuals who don’t have the money to buy produce or produce is fairly expensive as part of their food budget. This helps them stretch their food budget so they can feed everyone at home. Also they have access to the fresh and know how to eat fresh fruits and vegetables that they may not have access to otherwise,” said County Extension Educator, David Lott.
Master Gardener volunteers are part of the Master Garden Program where they receive training through the university and help in service projects. Some fruits and vegetables they’ve grown are tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, green beans, watermelon and more.
“Looking out for your own community, supporting one another, understanding that hey we’ve all been on bad times, we’ve all lost a job. Sometimes you just need a little help to get your feet underneath you again and that’s something that we can do providing people with healthy nutritious food,” said Master Gardener Volunteer, Derek Enderle.
They may have had limitations this year due to COVID but they still had a bountiful harvest and are excited for whats to come.
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