HOLLIDAYSBURG - The food donation project of the Monastery Community Gardens will get off to a great start with an all-volunteer work day on Thursday.
The Home Depot awarded the project a $2,500 gift of gardening supplies and also is providing a work force of about 20 of their employees.
The Home Depot employees, with other gardeners from the community garden, will prepare and plant most of the 5,400 square feet of garden dedicated to grow fresh, healthy, organic produce for area food charities.
The food donation project was very successful in 2013. It grew and donated more than 3,500 pounds of vegetables to the Altoona Food Bank, St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen, American Rescue Workers and other organizations that feed the needy in the community.
Kim Zeiss, chairwoman of the Care4Creation Advisory Board, is an advocate of good nutrition and said, "Our less-fortunate families benefit from improved diets as a result of the efforts of the Monastery Gardens donation project."
The manager of the project, Jim Yeager of Duncansville, expressed his appreciation to Home Depot for their generous gifts and support. "Our volunteers are our life's blood and we are always welcoming people who are willing to give their time and talent to help others. Home Depot is giving us a great start to the 2014 growing season. We hope to exceed the amount of produce this year in this worthwhile endeavor."
Anyone interested in volunteering may call Yeager at 693-8582..
At noon on Saturday, the Monastery Community Gardens will be blessed by Father Eugene Kubina, TOR.
This annual event celebrates the fruitfulness of the earth and the joy of sharing creation.
Gardeners, volunteers, families and friends are invited.
Following the blessing, a potluck lunch will be held in the Care4Creation Center, 793 Monastery Road. Attendees may bring a dish of their choice to share and their own eating utensils, plate, bowl and cup.
Brother John Kerr, TOR, will welcome the group and explain how the community gardens fulfill the mission and purposes of the Care4Creation Initiative.