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FeedMore's community garden provides fresh produce to those in need

Posted at 5:00 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 17:44:52-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — On Holt Street, you'll find FeedMore Western New York's community garden, where different fruits, vegetables and herbs grow.

It's where we met Yvonne Hairston. Every other week, she volunteers to deliver veggies from FeedMore WNY's community garden to her neighbors who need it.

"There are a lot of tenants that don't drive, and they don't walk as much so it's very convenient for them having the fresh vegetables," she said.

She brings them onions, cherry tomatoes, pepper, squash, zucchini and so much more.

"Last week they inserted some flowers and the residents were like 'Oh I got some flowers!' and they raved about that. That put a nice touch to it," said Hairston.

And the residents to look forward to getting those bags of produce.

"They look for the flyers that are inserted in the bag with the veggies. It tells them how to grow vegetables, what vegetables are high in potassium and different things of that nature. And recipes are included, so they enjoy if just as much as I do," she said.

Hairston has been volunteering for two years now. She's worked in this garden too, so much so that last year she took a workshop on nutrition and gardening, and started growing a garden with two of her neighbors.

The community garden has been around for a few years now, it serves as a place for people to learn about gardening and nutrition, and to provide produce to those who need it.

"It is really a great opportunity for us to make sure that our neighbors in and around the area, especially those who live in food deserts, have access to fresh fruits and vegetables which can be really difficult to come by," said Katherine Shick, FeedMore's Communications Director.

FeedMore is operating 25 garden beds just like this. The organization was able to harvest more than 500 pounds of produce through this garden and get it to those struggling during this pandemic.