The gardening season for Snack Pak 4 Kids kicked off today.
Local groups and even one sports team joined members of the organization’s efforts.
Ashley Morgan, the Garden 4 Kids Supervisor says, “We are planting all of the spring vegetables and getting ready for those to start growing and harvest them later on in the spring for our neighbors here in the neighborhood.”
While March has only just begun, Snack Pak is actually getting somewhat of a late start.
Morgan says, “It seems a little early but actually the growing season for spring out here in the Texas Panhandle starts on Valentine’s Day.”
So what can we expect this garden to produce?
Alexis Leon, a member of the Palo Duro Horticulture team says, “Using bio-degradeable material they had here we were going to till it into the dirt and then level it out, and then plant whatever we had planting. Right now we did onion in those beds over there and then we’re doing tomato cages, and that’s the little white mesh thing you see in the background.”
Aside from tomatoes, the organization is also growing cabbage, beets, cucumbers, and more as Snack Pak 4 Kids continues to stretch out it’s hand to help others.
Morgan says, “We feed about 7,400 kids in 40 school districts across the state of Texas and have a franchise in San Antonio.”
All of the groups that came out today said they had one central goal when they started. To help a neighborhood that has helped Snack Pak 4 Kids for years.
Teresa Kuri, a Snack Pak 4 Kids intern says, “Since lots of people don’t have what they need, this is helping out everyone and at the same time helping out the community.”
“One of the people from Snack Pak 4 Kids, she came and talked to us about the opportunity and we just jumped on it because well I mean it’s a Saturday so nobody is doing anything.” says Leon, “So we just decided yeah we’re going to come out and help.”
Matt Nehls, a defenseman for the Amarillo Bulls says, “We’re having fun out here, we enjoy helping out the community and it’s awesome to be out here.”