Awareness of food insecurity in our communities has been on the rise as the impacts of COVID-19 continue to affect so many individuals and families. Montezuma County’s local food pantry, The Good Samaritan Center Food Pantry, has been working overtime to meet community member’s food needs during this crisis.
One of the initiatives that has been started in part by Team UP AmeriCorps member Leah Smith, based at The Good Samaritan Center & The Good Food Collective, is the creation of garden boxes for community members to start growing some of their own fresh produce.
This past week, Leah and other community volunteers worked hard to build garden boxes out of old bee hive boxes. Thanks to so many folks pitching in, the Good Samaritan Center will be distributing boxes and donated starters to some of their clients! The Good Samaritan Center is still on the hunt for more gardening supplies. If you have additional supplies to donate, please contact Leah at firstname.lastname@example.org!
If you are interested in helping with similar projects, check out our Food Security Coordinator and Food Systems Coordinator positions for our upcoming program year, starting in September 2020. You can view all position descriptions here.
If you are interested in learning more about how to become an AmeriCorps member with Team UP AmeriCorps, please contact Team UP AmeriCorps Program Director Al Huckins @ email@example.com.
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