The food pantry for the area housed New Jerusalem Lutheran Church received fresh vegetables from the garden for almost 6 months this year. A good growing season and collection 2 Fridays a month and Saturday mornings, helped their neighbors in need. This was the third year for the garden. The idea from a Sunday School class made the garden a reality. The number of raised beds will increase next year dedicated to the food bank, thanks to an approval from the congregational council. This will double the produce given. They are hoping the construction of the beds will happen built before the lettuce goes in next spring.
God works in amazing ways. Two new members have joined Christ Lutheran out of their outreach to the food pantry. The head of the food pantry was interested to find out more about the people from Christ Lutheran. He and his wife attended, felt welcomed and joined this year. He has already joined their active Outreach Ministry Team.
Angela Drake, the coordinator of the garden is very thankful for how the garden has helped so many. They could use more help during the growing season and a proper scale to weigh the produce.
Support is available for projects like this garden from the Witness and Service Team at the synod. The grants are made possible through giving to Mission Support (benevolence) from congregations throughout the synod.