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LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN GROWS FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY

 

RICHMOND, VA-- Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is continuing its fight against hunger by dedicating an entire garden to growing vegetables this year for FeedMore serving the Central Virginia Foodbank and Meals on Wheels of Central Virginia.

The Community Kitchen Garden is dedicated to growing fresh produce for FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels and Kids Cafe programs. Since 2009, staff and volunteers at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden have harvested and donated over 52,198 lbs. of vegetables to FeedMore’s Community Kitchen and produced over 45,500 meals for Central Virginia’s hungry children and homebound seniors.

The project feels like a natural fit to Garden executive director Frank Robinson. "Our mission is to show how plants are essential to human life. This new garden demonstrates those words in action." 

Want to learn more about the Community Kitchen Garden? Read about it on our blog or watch the video as children from FeedMore's Kids Cafe location Capital Childcare plant red potatoes, peas and radishes -- vegetables that, once harvested, will be used by FeedMore to prepare meals for these very same children.

 





 

FeedMore is the core hunger-relief organization for Central Virginia made up of the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia and the Community Kitchen. Working together to efficiently and effectively fight hunger to enhance lives in our community, the FeedMore programs provide hunger relief to our region's most vulnerable populations, particularly children, families and seniors.

 

Stories from the Community Kitchen Garden on our blog

The Community Kitchen Garden in 2012

The Community Kitchen Garden in 2011

The Community Kitchen Garden in 2010 

The Community Kitchen Garden in 2009

In 2011, the Community Kitchen Garden at Lewis Ginter was supported in part with a $15,000 grant from The CarMax Foundation and by the generosity of the Genworth Foundation and the Richard Gwathmey and Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust.

Community Kitchen Garden supporters

The following suporters have donated time, services, product and monitary support to the Community Kitchen Garden:

A & J Rowe Excavating

Albemarle Foundation

Cavalier International

C.T. Purcell, Inc.

Jones Flowers

LeClairRyan

MARTIN'S

Pete Rose Landscaping

Spotts Fain

Virginia Farm Bureau

Wetsel, Inc.