Community expands garden to help benefit people living in food deserts


Saturday afternoon, more than 60 volunteers came together to help people in need.

They all worked together to expand a community garden at a Mechanicsburg church.

The group planted fresh fruits and vegetables for people in Cumberland County.

Organizers say the garden will be harvested late this summer.

Then the produce will be donated to New Hope Ministries for distribution, to people who live in what's called a "food desert," or a low-income area that's more than one mile from a grocery store.

"It feels important that we're helping people get to eat fresh vegetables," said Rev. John Ward-Diorio, of St. Paul's United Church of Christ. "Anything that we can provide, particularly things that are very nutritious, is going to make a difference in people's lives."

The garden at St. Paul's is part of Kellogg's and United Way's country-wide initiative this summer called "United Against Food Deserts."

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