Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Bremer NRS Participates in Hunger Free North Dakota Gardens Project

North Dakota Department of Agriculture has kicked off an ambitious drive to whisk locally grown produce to food pantries this summer to supplement the more usual non-perishables found on the shelves. The project fits well with the Bremer support of the food banking projects.

Many churches are participating by planting gardens and dedicating the produce to their food shelves that serve those families in need. Steve Sellent, director of the Great Plains Food Bank sees this as a major additional source of good nutritious food for families struggling in our communities.

Howard Barlow, NRS at Bremer Bank in Fargo saw this as an opportunity for his church, Peace Lutheran Church to get involved. His wife, Dorothy, had expanded the food shelf project in their church and saw increased need during the economic downturn. They brought the program to their Peace and justice Committee and a garden was begun in an unused part of the church grounds. It should soon yield fresh lettuce, radishes, beans, tomatoes and much more.

Others in ND can contact Sue Balcom at the ND Dept. of Agriculture for information.

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