JULY 30, 2014
Foothills Food Bank Greens ‘R’ Great program takes root
CAVE CREEK – Beginning in fall 2014, the 3,000 families, seniors and individuals served by the Foothills Food Bank and Resources Center will be able to reap the benefits of having fresh, organically grown and hand picked produce. Through the Greens ‘R’ Great program, the customer community of the food bank can learn how to grow and prepare their own food.
The idea for the program germinated at a gathering of local garden enthusiasts who championed an overarching goal of community nourishment and self-reliance through sweat equity and shared responsibility.
Assisting with moving “Greens’R’Great” forward are individuals and businesses that have stepped forward with generous donations of labor and materials: Cave Creek Building Supply, Elrod Fence Company, Fortezza Custom Homes, Home Depot, Lowes, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Realty, Town of Cave Creek, Walmart, and the Greens’R’Great steering committee.
Greens‘R’Great will be a two-branched program. The first branch, a garden adjacent to the food bank premises, will be a place for the customer community to gather and help maintain the crops. The second branch will provide container plants that may be taken home and cared for. Both branches inherently will be educational and focus on teaching gardening and nutrition basics through hands-on experience.
Requests for monetary donations are ongoing and gratefully accepted. Donations may be mailed to Foothills Food Bank, PO Box 715, Carefree, AZ 85377 or online at www.foothillsfoodbank.com.