The Edmond Sun

November 30, 2012

Regional Food Bank plans fall leaf drive


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is having a bagged leaf drive for its Urban Harvest Program.  Donations can be dropped off at the Regional Food Bank, at 3355 S. Purdue in Oklahoma City, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec 1.

“The donated leaves will be used in our compost piles, which fertilize our gardens and provide a nutrient-rich soil amendment for production, while diverting garbage from landfills,” said Mason Weaver, director of Urban Harvest. “Instead of throwing away leaves, drop them off at the Regional Food Bank and help fight hunger through Urban Harvest.”

Urban Harvest is a sustainable gardening program of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The four central goals of the program are agricultural education, fresh food production, community outreach and ecological conservation.

Currently, Urban Harvest works with 30 community gardens to frown fresh produce for hungry Oklahomans. Last year, 7,000 seedlings and 650 packets of seeds were distributed to the community to fight hunger.

By presenting educational activities on site at Kids Cafe programs, Urban Harvest engages children with limited resources in the food cycle and growing process.

Urban Harvest utilizes organic growing practices to produce fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables year round. All produce from the gardens is distributed to low income senior and childhood nutritional programs. In 2011, Urban Harvest began working closely with the Kids Cafe program, which provides mentoring, tutoring and more to at-risk children. This year, more than 1,200 pounds of fresh produce from the Regional Food Bank’s garden has been fed to students who participate in Kids Cafe. The nonprofit also distributed used locally gleaned peaches and community garden donated turnips and onions to the children.

For more information about Urban Harvest, contact Joe Hudson at 604-7108 or jhudson@regionalfoodbank.org.

Through Jan. 15, Chesapeake will match all tax-deductible donations made to the Regional Food Bank up to $1 million. With the match, every dollar donated will provide 10 meals to those in need. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Regional Food Bank, call 604-7111 or visit regionalfoodbank.org.