The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

June 28, 2013

Garden Share offers produce to seniors

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WESTVILLE — Faith in Action South will help seniors on a fixed income put food on their tables, while preventing waste through the fourth summer of the “Garden Share” program.

Community members that have extra produce from their gardens can drop off items to the Faith in Action South office, and then two days a week the organization has a stand set up in the parking lot where seniors in need can stop by and pick up available produce at no charge.

Starting 10-11 a.m. July 9, seniors can pick up some fresh, free fruits, vegetables, and herbs, according to a press release. The program will run every Tuesday and Thursday, rain or shine, from 10-11 a.m. throughout the summer in the Faith in Action South parking lot, 302 N. State St., in Westville. In case of bad weather, Garden Share will move indoors.

Gardeners who would like to donate can drop off items at Faith in Action South Monday-Wednesday during business hours, and Thursdays prior to 10 a.m.

“The premise of Garden Share is for local gardeners to share their extra harvest with seniors to prevent waste and to encourage seniors to eat fresh produce even when on a limited income,” said Chris Good, program coordinator, in the release.

New this year, Faith in Action South has added a coupon exchange “Coupon Share,” in addition to encouraging participants to share recipes.

“Last year we added ‘Recipe Share’ and this year we are also encouraging seniors to leave coupons they can’t use and pick up ones they might need,” Good said in the release.

For information about Garden Share, contact Faith in Action South at 267-2752 or chris.good@presencehealth.org. Faith in Action South is an outreach ministry of Presence United Samaritans Medical Center’s Foundation, serving the needs of seniors 60 and older in southern Vermilion County.