Good Sam is in the process of starting a “Client Container Community Garden” on the large concrete parking lot behind our organization. Through this garden, our plan is to provide clients participating in our food assistance program with fresh produce. In addition to providing fresh foods, the Center will also educate clients by allowing them to work in the garden directly.
We have successfully partnered with Dr. Cindy Ayers Elliott of Foot Print Farms on gardening techniques and planting seasons. So far, she has been an invaluable resource to us and we look forward to learning more from her. Dr. Elliott has also worked to help us secure some funding for the garden and we are looking for additional funding for the project.
Good Samaritan has been helping struggling families with food assistance for over forty years. Through the Center’s involvement in Hunger Free Jackson, we realized a need to shift our efforts from solely providing meals to educating our clients about healthier food options.
We are excited about this new adventure and hope to have it up and fully operating within the next year. If you have ideas or would like to help us with this project, please contact Kathy Clem at (601) 355-6276.