Harvest season at the community garden is wrapping up, and so is the Produce Donation Program. This combined effort from Jewell County 365 and the Mankato Chamber of Commerce brought fresh, locally grown vegetables to the Jewell County Food Pantry and Jewell County Senior Citizens.
Rita Everheart, The Food Pantry Administrator, said “Every one of our patrons appreciated having access to the fresh vegetables, and enjoyed the variety of options delivered.The best part of the program was that it came at no additional cost for us, so patrons were able to receive their regular food items, plus the donated produce. The program really helped us stretch our dollars and offer well-balanced meal options.”
Throughout the 2016 harvest season, Chamber volunteers planted, harvested, and donated countless heads of lettuce, bags of spinach, red potatoes, radishes, onions, cucumbers, beets, tomatoes, peas, green peppers, and green beans.
“The Produce Donation Program went over great at the the Senior Center! Everyone appreciated all of the fresh fruits and vegetables. Some of them have been used in meal preparation and others have been sent home with individuals for personal cooking! We’d really like to thank the Chamber for thinking of us with this program!” said, Abby Elkins, director at the Jewell County Senior Citizens.
To make all of this possible, the Chamber donated 2 garden plots to the sole purpose of growing produce for this program. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this great, healthy program successful!