Tuckerton Leader

Little Egg Harbor Food Pantry Cultivates Community Spirit

Fresh Veggies on the Rise
Jun 02, 2017
Photo by: Pat Johnson Little Egg Harbor Township Committeewoman Lisa Stevens and garden volunteer Pete Genzone see what their efforts have produced at the food bank on Radio Road.

The people who come to the Little Egg Harbor Food Pantry need to be uplifted with more than just food, said Township Committeewoman Lisa Stevens. She and Township Clerk Diana McCracken, with students from Pinelands Regional Junior High School, have helped to plant flowers along the entrance to the food bank. This year, the group has added two beds of vegetables to make a total of six, located next to the Little Egg Harbor Senior Center on Radio Road. The fresh vegetables are a healthful addition to a diet that can be lacking in nutrition.

During the recent Student Learning Day, garden volunteer Pete Genzone was a big help, said Stevens. “He explained how close to put the plants and how deep to plant them. I couldn’t have done it without him.”

Knights of Columbus members from Saint Theresa’s Church water the beds during the week.

Despite the unseasonably cool and wet spring, tomato plants, green peppers, broccoli, spinach and peas are all flourishing. “We hope to make it a 10-month garden, planting cold-weather crops in the fall,” said Stevens.

The public works department provides the compost and the mulch, saving the township some lettuce.

“It’s a project that is very low cost to the township,” she said. —P.J.

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