Giving a Lot with a Little

Have you heard about Newman’s Giving Garden?  This effort spearheaded by Religious Ed. Coordinator Jo-Ann is involving Newman Community members in growing vegetables and herbs to donate to the Amherst Survival Center.

Before planting began, our “giving gardeners” got  in touch with Survival Center representatives to make sure that what we grew would align with their needs.  Plus, Jo-Ann has been in touch prior to drop-offs to let the center know what type of veggies are coming their way.  That way menus can be planned accordingly and the center is sure to use what we donate.

The Survival Center provides free hot lunches on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to area families and individuals struggling to make ends meet.  The Center also distributes fresh produce free to its clients on these same days.  The Newman Center’s Giving Garden has been providing veggies for these services for the past few weeks, and so far over 37 zucchini and squash have been donated each week.  Over the next few weeks we will also be providing them with tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil in addition to the zucchini.

Check out the garden!

Growing steady!

A bountiful harvest!

Isn’t it amazing that such a small garden can give so much?  If you’re interested in helping to tend the Giving Garden please email Jo-Ann at jmkonieczny(at)charter(dot)net.  We could use your help over the next couple of weeks!  Or, if you can’t help out with us, consider planting a garden of your own or adding a few extra plants to your current garden – a little effort can go a long way in helping those in need!