University Garden to provide local hunger relief

Published 5:11 pm Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Pfeiffer Hunger Relief Garden will continue to grow for another season with help from Carolina Farm Credit and AARP.
The Francis Center for Servant Leadership at Pfeiffer University has received a grant from each organization for their continued work.
The funding will be instrumental in the completion of several projects, among them a deck with a wheelchair ramp, gravel for walking areas, materials for the construction of new garden boxes and cattle panels, university representatives said.
The completion of the accessibility projects will allow for an increased number of seniors that will be able to serve side-by-side in the garden with students and community groups. The creation of this intergenerational community assists low-income older adults in combating hunger and social isolation.
In 2017, volunteers harvested more than 800 pounds of fresh produce from the Hunger Relief Garden that went to food banks in Rowan and Stanly counties.
More than 450 volunteers have served in the Hunger Relief Garden since January 2017. New opportunities to volunteer in the garden have already begun.
Community garden workdays will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. through Aug. 9.
Those interested in volunteering or volunteering their group can contact Kelly Misiak at 704-463-3441. No prior registration is necessary.
The Pfeiffer Hunger Relief Garden was created in 2014 through the work of student leaders within the Francis Center for Servant Leadership. Since then, the garden has grown into a 26-bed interactive space for Pfeiffer faculty, students, staff and community members to serve their communities through growing fresh produce for Hunger Relief efforts.