Brookshire brings community kitchen to Acadiana to help feed those affected by Hurricane Delta | News

Brookshire Grocery Co., the company that owns Super 1 Foods, is deploying a community kitchen and a team of employee-partners to serve free hot meals to people who have been affected by Hurricane Delta in Acadiana, according to a statement from the company.

Starting Sunday, a team will serve sausage biscuits for breakfast and hamburgers and hotdogs for lunch and dinner in the Super 1 Foods parking lots listed below, while supplies last at each location.

Sunday

11:30 a.m. — 215 W. Willow St. in Lafayette

5 p.m. — 924 Rees St. in Breaux Bridge

Monday

8 a.m. — 939 S. Lewis St. in New Iberia

11:30 a.m. — 939 S. Lewis St. in New Iberia

5 p.m. — 2210 Veterans Memorial Drive in Abbeville

Tuesday 

11:30 a.m. — 1800 W. Laurel St. in Eunice

5 p.m. — 2418 S. Union St. in Opelousas

Wednesday

8 a.m. — 2418 S. Union St. in Opelousas

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Vegetables From North GA’s Garden Feed Lumpkin County Students

DAHLONEGA, GA — As school nutrition director at Lumpkin County Schools, Julie Knight-Brown learned some surprising news about elementary school children.

“The little kids love radishes,” Knight-Brown said. “One of the parents thanked the café manager at Long Branch Elementary for introducing her children to radishes. She said, ‘They loved them.'”

Fresh radishes, tomatoes, onions, and an assortment of herbs were a few items the University of North Georgia supplied the school system this summer and into the fall. The vegetables and herbs were grown and harvested from the gardens at the Vickery House and Appalachian Studies Center on University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega Campus. The fresh produce was delivered to Lumpkin County Schools and has been integrated into school lunches.

“We started in July and harvested on a weekly basis,” said David Patterson, associate professor of biology who spearheaded the project.

Knight-Brown said some produce such as cherry tomatoes and radishes have been a “featured” vegetable at a school or offered as a side dish in the cafeteria. Other items such as onions were incorporated into other meals while herbs were used for their flavor.

A portion of the summer produce was frozen for future use, which helped the school’s finances this academic year. Knight-Brown explained the school nutrition program’s budget has suffered because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She said the donations from the University of North Georgia’s gardens happened at an optimal time.

“All school nutrition programs are facing the same financial dilemma,” Knight-Brown said. “We will happily take any donated fresh produce.”

Lumpkin County Schools is not the only beneficiary of the Hometown Harvest program. University of North Georgia students in need of service-learning hours can get their hands dirty in the gardens. Patterson said between five and 10 students helped harvest the produce this summer.

Two more students, Amelia Arthur and Zach Pilgrim, have been involved in a precision agriculture research project funded by University of North Georgia’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. The primary objective was to test the impact of a precision agriculture system in small-scale gardens as a means for increasing food production for students in need.

“They took the garden from seed to production,” Patterson said. “They also collected the data, which we are analyzing now.”

In the meantime, the gardens have been turned to produce fall vegetables for Lumpkin County Schools. Leafy greens and broccoli seeds have been sown. The only missing element this fall is more volunteers.

“The gardens at the Vickery House have always been viewed as an heirloom garden,” Patterson said. “But now we have determined how to integrate consistent food production with seed-saving techniques. Now we need more University of North Georgia and community involvement.”

He said some volunteer opportunities could be as simple as watering the garden or turning over the compost. Pulling weeds may take a little more effort and knowledge, Patterson said.

“Some students may have trouble knowing the difference between an onion stem and a weed, but we are there to

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Youth help build new community garden to feed the hungry | Local News

Brandon Stewart had a look of satisfaction as he reviewed the row of squash he helped plant last week in a new community garden in Agua Fría Village.

The plants were already showing signs of growth.

“It gives me hope — lots of hope,” said 18-year-old Stewart, who was participating in an effort to plant an array of greens in the 1-acre garden not far from the Santa Fe Community Farm off San Isidro Crossing.

“This will give people breakfast, lunch, dinner,” he said.

The new volunteer initiative, a collaboration among local nonprofit organizations, the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps, Alas De Agua, Mother Nature Center and Santa Fe County, aims to address food insecurity and train young people to work the land. Nonprofits Reunity Resources and Santa Fe YouthWorks worked with county commissioners to secure a 15-month lease on the property.

Commissioner Anna Hansen said the county-owned land had gone unused for 20 years. The farming initiative, she said, is “a small opportunity to show that programs like this can grow in other communities in the county. It’s an example of being the right thing to do in the time of pandemic.”

Juliana Ciano, a program director for Reunity Resources, a community farm and composting organization that turns food waste into soil and provides education on nutrition and agriculture, said this year’s harvest of greens likely will be distributed to YouthWorks to help feed youth in need and members of the local homeless community.

The groups hope for a full season next year to grow a variety of produce.

Eventually, Ciano and Hansen said, the garden could become part of a planned bike trail and foot path through the community.

Reunity Resources and YouthWorks leaders are seeking grants to help sustain the project, which could cost $10,000 to $15,000 per year.

Monique Martinez, 16, a Capital High School student participating in the project, said it felt good to put her hands in the soil as she planted cabbage on a recent weekday afternoon.

She has known hunger, she said.

She spent time living in a homeless shelter with her mother after they moved to New Mexico from Colorado five or six years ago with no money, no job for her mother and no prospects.

“It’s sad to go to bed without dinner,” Martinez said. “But this [garden] will help.”

Jay Hennicke, director of operations for YouthWorks, which provides job training and other services for young people, said there’s no better way to get youth connected with the community than by teaching them to work the land. County and community leaders’ support for the project offers affirmation to the youth that they are doing something worthwhile, he added.

“When these kids get their hands dirty, it’s stewardship,” Hennicke said as he watched Martinez and Stewart dig and plant.

“And when they drive by in 10, 15, 20 years with their kids, they can point to the garden and say, ‘I helped dig these holes. I helped put in these plants.’

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