THE GARDENING PROGRAM
Simply fill out the form below to receive a $25 grant towards buying some fresh food for a local charity.
Here’s how it works:
The purpose of this grant is two-fold:
- To provide fresh produce to a food pantry so those coming to the pantry can
have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
- To provide an educational experience to children about the importance of fresh
fruits and vegetables in our diet, AND about helping those neighbors in our
communities who lack access to such nutritional foods.
Pray God will guide you to find a local charity which needs fresh fruit and vegetables.
Search online for charities (e.g. food banks and food pantries) in your area, and find out which fresh produce is in demand.
Complete the grant form below.
We will arrange for $25 to be deposited in your bank account, or mail you a check.
Arrange a delivery date with the charity and go shopping!
Arrange for your whole family to deliver your shop bought produce, dependent on any COVID restrictions the charity might have in place. Once the date is set, do the shopping on that date so that the produce is as fresh as possible.
The Grocery Shopping Trip
- This grant is specifically designed for families. The goal is to give children the opportunity to shop for and donate fresh produce to their local food pantry. The monetary amount may seem small to an adult, however to a child, $25.00 represents a significant amount of money.
- We encourage parents to take their child(ren) shopping. Take them to the produce section and allow the child to use the grant to select and purchase items for donation. Actively discuss with your child what fruits and vegetables would be the best to buy. For instance, apples and carrots have a long shelf life and won’t spoil quickly, making them good choices. Berries or mushrooms go bad fairly quickly and tend to be expensive, so they may not be the best choice.
- Use the shopping trip as a time to ask your child questions, allow them to make choices, and guide them toward good decisions. Discuss what a Food Pantry is for and who it serves. Finally, after purchasing the produce, take it straight to the donation location, having your child actively helping to bring the items into the Pantry.
- This may seem like a very small and simple Saturday afternoon project, but it will have a profound impact on children. When children are actively involved they both learn by your example, and develop a sense that they are part of something important.
Establish an ongoing relationship with the charity.
When visiting the charity to drop off the fresh produce, it’s a perfect opportunity to establish a relationship with the staff. Find out more about the work of the charity. Ask if they would be interested in visiting your ecclesia or CYC, post-COVID, to give a presentation about their charity. Ask for ideas on how your family can continue to support the work of the charity.
Ask the charity staff for permission to take photographs for your report to The Garden, and confirm The Garden is allowed to share the photos on social media. We’d be happy to include the charity name and a link to their website!
Submit a brief report with one or two photographs to The Garden.
We would love to share your report on our social media as a means to inspire and encourage other brothers and sisters, and so that our community may glorify our Heavenly Father.