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OUR OUTREACH: Garden grows into food justice effort at Holy Infant

You can help by donating produce from your own garden or helping out at the garden at Holy Infant!

This story is the first in a monthly series highlighting Peace, Justice and Human Concerns ministries in the parish. 

A garden started in 2011 from a cleared patch of woods next to the parish center has grown into a year-round effort to help feed our Durham neighbors, producing more than 12,000 pounds of food since 2012.

Just this year, the Holy Infant Food Justice Garden has already grown and donated 144 pounds of food. In April, the garden produced nearly 70 pounds of food, with kale, lettuce and carrots being the top crop.

Food pantries that have benefited in the past year include Catholic Charities, Parkwood Elementary PTA, Feed My Sheep and End Hunger Durham.

Bobi Gallagher, a parishioner involved in numerous social justice initiatives, notes that we are called to value the vulnerable and feed the hungry. 

So how can you help? By volunteering to tend the garden on designated workdays or by planting a row in your own garden. In 2017, Holy Infant’s “Lettuce Pray” program invited parishioners to donate extra produce from their own gardens once a month.

Workdays are Tuesday mornings from 8 am to 10 am and Saturday mornings from 8:30 am to 11 am. Bobi noted that those with home-grown produce should meet her at the garden by 10 am on Tuesdays so she can deliver the food to the pantry that day. 

Anyone interested should contact Bobi Gallagher at 919-225-2457 or Joan Novak at 919-493-1774.

Next month, we will learn more about Families Moving Forward, an effort to support programming for homeless families by providing food and child care to participants.


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