I have a friend near Little Cottonwood Canyon (in Utah) that would like to donate use of a plot of land. She would like the land to be used for growing food to donate to local food shelters.
When I was little, my mom ran a food shelter in our town in New Jersey so I spent most of my sick days and weekends stocking shelves (when there was food on them). One of the things that was very apparent to me growing up in this environment was how difficult it is to eat fresh food. It’s a lot easier to keep non-perishables than nutrient packed fruits and veggies. A local store nearby used to donate bags of doughnuts and bagels, another donated cookies. These things are indulgences that are hard to afford when you’re barely making ends meet and, at the least, lit up kids faces when they would come in with their parents.
Unfortunately, cheap food can also be bad for you, so getting a nutritious diet on a budget is very difficult. (I’m resisting the urge to go off on a tangent about how much this has to do with the subsidy of the corn and oil industries.) A Wendy’s bacon cheeseburger is cheaper than an avocado or a bag of apples, or a hearty salad. That is where this garden would play a role. If we grow the food, then we won’t have to buy it 🙂
Do you have some contacts that might be interested in helping with this project or donating the things we’d need?
Please let me know!