Garden for the Hungry

Michele Gore & Yvonne Thompson

The mission statement of the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour includes a commitment “to respond to human need by loving service” and “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth”

The “Garden for the Hungry” is part of our effort to carry out these goals. Last year we produced 6500 pounds of vegetables, grown using natural methods and no dangerous chemical fertilizers or pesticides, that we donated to the Salvation Army and to various food banks in Richmond and Berea that serve the homeless and hungry.

Proceeds from the sale of our vegetables at the Richmond Farmers Market will be used to purchase seeds and supplies to allow us to continue producing healthy food for those in need and to carry out other missions of our church.

“For I was hungry and you gave me food…” (Matthew 25:35)

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Garden for the Hungry Report 2020

The ECOS Garden for the Hungry had a very productive and challenging year. We were self-sustaining through donations from the church, produce sales and our hard-working group of volunteers. Fifteen volunteers, including three children, helped grow crops from a 16,000 square foot garden space.  As always, we regularly gave produce to Madison County food banks and soup kitchens including the Berea Food Bank, St. Thomas, Grace Now, God’s Outreach, Hope’s Wings, the New Liberty Family Shelter and St. Paul's AME. We grew 19 different crops and six herbs and volunteered over 550 hours of time, giving away over 3181 pounds of food for the hungry. 

Due to COVID and time constraints we did not participate in any Farmer’s Markets this year. The needs of the community were greater and our bountiful crops helped feed many hungry people.  We sold produce in August to get funds for next year’s seeds and supplies. Ian Feeback, ECOS church member, was our Garden Assistant and we are very grateful for his expertise and hard work. We were able to use federal PPP funds to help pay him. 

We'd like to thank the congregation for its continued support and also recognize the volunteers who have worked so hard in this outreach effort. 



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