by The Akron/Canton Regional Foodbank
This past spring community members began helping the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank increase its distribution of fresh produce to food insecure individuals by participating in Plant a Row for the Hungry.
The Plant a Row for the Hungry program encourages gardeners to plant an extra row in their gardens and pledge to donate that food to the Foodbank. The program is rooted in the heartfelt tradition of gardeners sharing a bountiful harvest with others.
Last year, Plant a Row for the Hungry provided enough pounds of produce for 11,555 meals.
“Our goal is to ensure no one in our community goes hungry, but ultimately, we want them to have access to the most nutritious food possible,” said Dan Flowers, President and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
By Katie Sobiech
Urban Vision Ministry has been serving and educating their neighborhood for 20 years now. Not many couples take on such an adventurous task as Rodney and his wife Jodi Matthews.
Their programs (which continue to grow) include education, outreach, leadership development, electives, economy & stores, and housing.
“We’re trying to take a holistic approach. These are the kids of the future. It’s all about the next generation. It’s developing them spiritually, educationally and vocationally to be the next generation, living in the community, making the changes. They can be more effective than we can because they’re from the community, growing up here,” Rodney Matthews, President & Executive Director of Urban Vision Ministry (UVM), said.
“We have a multi-ethnic, diverse group. We have a lot of Karen refugees, a lot of African Americans. We have Caucasians,” Matthews continued.
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