Simple Service: FOOD for Lane County Grassroots Garden

Service Project: Helping out in the food bank's garden

Prep time: a few minutes to get in touch with the volunteer coordinator at the foodbank

Cost: FREE!

Duration: 2 hours

Lesson(s) learned: There is work to do to help those who are hungry

How we did it:

Two weeks ago you may have read about the conversation I had with my daughter about hunger. Today we continued that conversation in a Little Hands Can public event where we worked in the Grassroots Garden. This was our first of many LHC Help Around Town events.

Seventeen people showed up to get dirty! 

Kendra, who works at our food bank, was fabulous with the kiddos. She first talked a little about who the food would be going to. She explained that some people don't have enough food and that this food would go to help them not be hungry. 

Kendra had us each grab a box and walked us to the rows of kale.

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She talked to the kids about how to pick it, bundle it, and pack it up. 

They followed her directions and worked hard!

We harvested about 10 boxes of kale just like this one

We harvested about 10 boxes of kale just like this one

After our harvesting work in the garden she took us on a delicious "tasting tour". It was fun to see how excited the kids were to try the delicious veggies. 

Ruby told me afterward that this was her favorite part ;)

Ruby told me afterward that this was her favorite part ;)

We had so much fun and the kids learned so much, I'm hoping to do it again soon!

Be sure to check back on our calendar for future LHC Help Around Town events. This fall we'll be helping the Friends of Trees program plant trees! Time and date TBA.

Do you have a connection with a local charity who could use the help of some little hands on site? If so, be sure to let us know!