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July 15, 2013

Church program aims to put healthy foods into pantries

ELKHART — Church Community Services’ Seed to Feed program is in full swing and the program has already donated thousands of pounds of fresh produce to area food banks, according to organizers.

The program aims to grow fresh produce and donate to Elkhart County food banks with the help of local farmers who volunteer land, cattle, seeds and manpower.

According to farmer Kurt Bullard, who donates two acres of his land for a Seed to Feed garden, the program is trying to focus on educating patrons who receive the donated food from the pantries.

“Somehow we got away from knowing at least how to feed ourselves,” he said. “I think it teaches you about the planet, the environment.”

The program has five gardens this year and is always looking for volunteers to help harvest, weed and otherwise maintain the gardens.

For more information about how to get involved visit the program’s website at churchcommunityservices.org/services/seed-to-feed/.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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