The garden at the Mid-North Food Pantry (MNFP) was established in 2014. Since then, it has given us hundreds of pounds of very delicious produce. In the 2016 season, the garden saw great expansion! First came the addition of a compost tumbler. Then in April, thanks to a generous donation from Lowe’s and several hard-working volunteers, we were able to expand the garden, nearly doubling the square footage. In August, an Eagle Scout delivered a durable wooden shed he constructed as part of his Scout project. In that season, we harvested over 220 pounds of fresh vegetables and herbs.
We harvest fully-ripe produce in the morning that clients get to take home the very same day. It doesn’t get any fresher than that. Thus, the garden at MNFP has become a valuable resource for essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients for the clientele who may not be able to afford enough without the help of the pantry.
Please read on to see how you might be able to help our garden grow in 2017 and beyond!
Tremendous thanks to the Northwest Indianapolis Lowe’s at 8440 N. Michigan Road for their donation of garden soil. Their generosity played a role in both the 2014 establishment of the garden and the 2016 expansion. We hope to continue fostering this relationship, so please take advantage of their friendly knowledgeable staff for your next home improvement project. Please tell them the Mid-North Food Pantry sent you!
How You Can Help
We are most in need of volunteers to water and harvest. Don’t worry about whether or not your thumbs are green, we will give you the tools and knowledge you need to help make the garden a success. The bulk of the work falls in June through August when a full harvest can take 30-90 minutes for a single person. A weekly or every-other-week commitment is ideal, but any amount of time you can give will be greatly appreciated!
If you would prefer to help without getting sweaty, sunburned, and a little dirty, we welcome monetary donations to the MNFP in the name of the garden. Your donation would help us to purchase soil for refilling our raised beds and pots, plants to cultivate, stakes, twine, and other supplies, and ultimately, it would help us to give fresh-picked food to people who need it.