August 12, 2020
Traditionally, gardens are areas in a backyard where people put on their big brim hats, get on their knees and plant seeds in hopes of growing a bounty of vegetables or flowers. In conjunction with the Mighty Wind UMC, the Peace Garden Project is growing not only healthy food in their gardens but also young leaders in our community
Rev. Dr. Michelle Lewis, Pastor at Mighty Wind UMC and Youth Pastor at Mt. Olivet UMC, created the Peace Garden Project in 2016 with the goal of the garden goods going to people in the community in need through ways such as the USDA’s Farmers to Families food box program. While supplies last, every Wednesday at 3:30 pm throughout the month of August at the Head Start building on Sir Walter Raleigh Street, Lewis and a group of volunteers, both young and old, carry big boxes of fresh food to anyone who drives up or even walks up! Need comes in many forms, so you not only see people picking up their own boxes but also boxes they deliver to others in the community.
Working together, Lewis and volunteers tend the gardens in hopes of cultivating not only food but young leaders. A group of middle and high school students participated in a Youth Leadership Institute program that began in June of this year working three gardens that produced the food for the boxes. Over the course of the summer, these students received a $600.00 stipend and a Chromebook.
More than 24,920 pounds of food has been distributed into the community while at the same time planting young leaders equipped with the necessary skills to help them understand accountability and the need to serve others. Lewis sums it up nicely, “We don’t just grow healthy food, we grow healthy community.”
For more information on the food box giveaway, please call (929) 266-3775 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.