I received word last week that the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, who we had been working with to identify families in need to receive gardens, had done just that! They met with four families who are very excited to start growing their own food. Terri, GEFP staff, told me how thankful the four are, one of which said that getting the opportunity to garden for her family is "a dream come true." I was so emotional listening to Terri talk about each of the families, and can't wait to meet with them.
The next step is to meet with each family, assess their growing space, talk about which foods they'd like to grow, and schedule their garden build.
I am currently looking for three volunteers to serve as mentors. Each volunteer will be assigned a family and will check in periodically by email, phone, or in person based on the client's preference. They will offer vegetable growing advice and answer any questions a few times throughout the growing season. We'd love to have one volunteer who can speak Spanish. If you are interested, please contact me at: [email protected]
Also, if you'd like to contribute financially to this project, please email me at the same address.