A Bountiful Donation

Vegetable garden helps feed the hungry, leaves legacy for the community.

Desert Mission Food Bank - A Bountiful Donation.
Vegetables push through the soil of five garden beds built by the boys team charity/North Valley Chapter in front of Desert Mission Food Bank.

Vegetables sprout in handsome wooden beds in front of Desert Mission Food Bank, 9229 N. Fourth St. Curious clients, young and old, are drawn to them. Toddlers sift dirt through their fingers while senior citizens admire the carefully labeled leaves.

"Every day I see people stopping and looking," said Anne Costa, a nutrition outreach rep at the Food Bank. "We'll use the produce in cooking demos and distribute as much as we can to our clients."

The five garden beds, complete with irrigation lines, are the work of the boys team charity/North Valley Chapter. The organization was founded in Phoenix by families that wanted to teach their boys the importance of giving back to their local community.

A group of high school seniors in the charity built the beds one September Saturday, planting such vegetables as radishes, broccoli, cilantro, lettuce, kale, beets and tomatoes. Subcommittees had arranged for donations from Capitol Lumber; Gro-Well Brands, Inc.; Holdt Lumber Co., Inc.; and North Mountain Family Medicine.

"We have worked with the Food Bank in other ways in the past," said Van Cummerford, president of the charity's senior class. "We wanted to leave a legacy for the community with the garden."

"We're so grateful for what these young men have done," said Sue Sadecki, Desert Mission executive director. "Their hard work will help feed many hungry families."

Kathy Woodruff and Art Smith, Food Bank volunteers who love to garden, are cultivating the plants.

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