Our Town feeds body & soul

Published 06/27 2013 02:57PM

Updated 06/27 2013 06:34PM

PETERSBURG -- As times get tougher, more and more people are relying on food pantries to get by. WCIA-3's Ashley Michels finds out how volunteers in Our Town are pitching in to add something fresh to the mix.

The food pantry has been filling empty stomachs for years. It relies purely on donations, but now, community members are giving up a different kind of green.

"The food pantry has never had fresh vegetables and we just felt like it was a need."

So this group set up what they call the Bountiful Basket Garden. The community-run project involves volunteers who plant, tend to and pick all the veggies. They're then given away to anyone who needs them.

"Petersburg is a community that cares about its residents and when those people are feeling an emergency need, we want to be able to step in and help out."

So far, it's been a huge success.

"We've asked for volunteers and all of a sudden, we come down here and our parking lot is full. It's wonderful. It's just blossomed."

"There's all sorts of stuff. Potatoes and tomatoes and lettuce and radishes and peas and beans and, almost all your stuff you can have in a garden."

"Whatever we have, we give it away."

It's already making a big difference in people's lives.

"You just have people who need stuff like this. People who don't have the money for it."

"We've introduced some of the kids in the area to vegetables they've never had before."

The pantry is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 - 3 pm at the Central Presbyterian Church.

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