High Plains Food Bank making nutritious food easier to get

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Fresh produce can be hard to come by, especially if you are someone who is on a fixed budget and rely on the help of food pantries for meals. The High Plains Food Bank is making nutritious food easier to get. 

Some of us were not blessed with a green thumb. Some of us were not blessed with a lot of extra cash, but no matter your obstacle, the High Plains Food Bank wants to make sure fresh food is available for you. 

“So the Garden is a program of the High Plains Food Bank. We have an acre there on site, the mission being to teach people how to grow their own food as a step towards sustaining themselves,” said Nutrition Education Director for the High Plains Food Bank, Justin Young. 

Young said the food bank also realizes that it is hard for community members to get to them, so they created a way to bring the garden to them. 

“So this came kind of as a dream to connect small producers to need areas and to find a home for our garden produce in a quick way. So this is our mobile harvest program where we take stuff that we grow in our garden, stuff that other people grow and we connect it to areas that are in need of produce,” Young said.

The food bank is not alone in their quest to provide fresh produce to the folks to the High Plains. 

“We connected with a local organization Y-WHAM, they have a ufo, that’s what it’s called, a ufo the Urban Farm Outreach, it’s on Washington Street, they have a big greenhouse where they grow the greens that we provide,” said Young.

Between the two organizations, they can provide almost 200 different varieties of crops a year all for free.

“In the garden, we grow about 150 to 175 different varieties of crops, the goal being to make a fun educational experience and provide some food, so all your traditional stuff-tomatoes, okra, squash, cucumbers, we’ll grow pumpkins and melons, and different onions, and garlic and leeks, all kinds of stuff,” Young said.

So far, Young said they have gotten rave reviews on their mobile garden. He said right now, they are only providing to Heal the City on Mondays, and at the Acts Community Center on Thursdays. Eventually, they’d like to reach other areas of the city, but they will have to add these partnerships in phases.

If you would like to find out where the garden will be, want to donate your green thumb skills or volunteer, you can find all that information on their Facebook page.

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