January 27 – Garden City Homestead Association to Distribute Vegetable Harvest | Non-profit organizations

January 27, 2022 – The Garden City Homestead Association Community Garden will share its first harvest of the new year with the community at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 29, 2022. The public is invited to receive free vegetables at a distribution to be held at the Garden, 4115 Second St. in Garden City, between Oak and Davis drives.

The Garden City Homestead Association garden is one of nine community gardens in Chatham County to which Center Parc Credit Union has donated approximately $22,500 in sponsorship dollars. Another major supporter of the upcoming Saturday food distribution is Food Lion in Garden City, which donates for the produce giveaway.

Meanwhile, the association is still recruiting six additional volunteers, needed to help set up the event that morning and distribute 300 bags of vegetables. If you can help, please contact Lenard Harris at (904) 442-3166 or [email protected]

The event will also include an educational and public health component. Kidney Innovations will conduct free blood pressure screenings and host a program on “Five Things Diabetics Should Know About Kidney Disease.” Staff members will be on hand to explain how good food choices and good nutrition can reduce the risk of diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease.

“Families who were concerned about having food on their table over the past year have reached out to local organizations for help,” said Center Parc Credit Union Community Development Liaison Donna Williams. “These community gardens help feed our neighbours.

In Chatham County, 47,000 people live below the poverty line. According to a Feeding America study, 79% of people served by food banks often buy unhealthy, cheap foods just to make ends meet. The study also found that the same people often say they want access to healthier foods for their diet.

Andrew B. Reiter