WASHINGTON (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama is making good on her promise to actively volunteer in the Washington area, bagging food for hungry children at a local food bank on her husband’s 100th day in office.
Generosity and innovation are sprouting at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. With proper gardening and cooperative weather, a new garden at the food bank will brim with radishes in late May.
Demand at food banks has risen sharply due to the economic crisis. But fresh produce can be difficult to keep in stock at these facilities because of its price and limited shelf life. The Arizona Republic reports on one food bank that has started up its own 21-square-foot community vegetable garden this year, a project headed up by a local chef/gardener. We’ve previously covered other produce-to-food-bank initiatives here in Seattle, including a startup program to distribute seeds and gardening advice at food distribution centers, and efforts to collect fruit tree and garden excess for emergency food services.
by Susan Felt – Apr. 21, 2009 12:00 AM
Trader Joe’s continues their outstanding support of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance through Phoenix Suns’ victories, and presented a check for $8,000 to Food Bank Chief Development Officer Jack Marks prior to the April 13 Suns-Memphis Grizzlies game.
U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell will donate his $8,500 Congressional pay raise to 15 local charities, including St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.
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