Monthly Archives: October 2011
|October 4, 2011||Posted by draco66 under Announcements||
Story/photo by Sandy Peoples
Back Mountain Community News Correspondent
For several decades, the Back Mountain Food Pantry has been able to offer nonperishable canned and boxed foods to their clients who need assistance to make ends meet. A few years ago, the pantry also began offering fresh meat and baked goods when they are available. In 2010, a new venture was formed to bring fresh organic vegetables to the pantry every Friday in season to those in need.
“The Lands at Hillside Farms has graciously agreed to let part of their land be used for a garden to provide more than a dozen varieties of vegetables for distribution at the food pantry,” said Bob McGuire, garden director and food pantry board member. “This year we were able to harvest more than a dozen varieties of fresh vegetables from the garden. We are grateful to The Lands at Hillside Farms for the use of this plot of land to bring healthy foods to our clients.”
McGuire is a health and wellness consultant. “We are pleased to be able to offer the fresh vegetables knowing the benefits of better nutrition and all around improvement in general health.” This garden was a dream come true for its founder, Rev. Beverly Butler, the former pastor of the Lehman Idetown United Methodist Church.
Mandy Newman is the volunteer coordinator. She and her three children are often seen working in the garden. “I want my children to experience helping others,” she said. “And volunteering to do an outside activity helps them stay active. I want them to know and understand where food comes from and how important it is to have healthy foods.”
“We have many partners and sponsors who help us keep this garden project going,” said McGuire. “We wish to thank DelKanic Greenhouse and Farm Market, Darling’s Farms and Greenhouses, Cub Scout Pack 241 Lehman, Boy Scout Troop 241 Lehman, members and the youth at Lehman Idetown United Methodist Church, Jim Payne and the students at Camp Orchard Hill, and Girl Scout Troop 33600. Without them, it would not be possible to offer this benefit to our clients.”
The volunteers at the garden need help from the public in the form of donated labor and garden tools. A wish list is posted on their web site at: foopanga.org where you can learn more about the garden and opportunities for service.
Volunteers from the food pantry garden at The Lands at Hillside Farms bring in the harvest to the food pantry every Friday. Standing from left: Mandy Newman, volunteer coordinator; Carol Eyet, food pantry manager; Kate Hayes, volunteer; Rev. Roger Griffith, president of the board of directors of the Back Mountain Food Pantry; Bob McGuire, garden director; Fred Ney, volunteer. Kneeling in front: Riley, Brady and Madeline Newman, volunteers.