- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

ADAMS, Neb. (AP) - Two community groups in southeastern Nebraska are working together to provide fresh vegetables to residents who might otherwise have a difficult time putting food on the table.

The Freeman FFA’s Community Garden in Adams is working with the American Lutheran Church for a weekly distribution of produce to local residents in need, the Beatrice Daily Sun (https://bit.ly/1SVra3R ) reported. Between 50 and 100 pounds of produce is harvested from the garden and distributed to the church every Wednesday night.

Pastor Nathan Metzger said anyone can come to the church and take as much as they would like. He said the church joined efforts with Freeman FFA after taking note of the need of several families in the Adams area.

“During Christmas time, we noticed about 70 families in need, and we thought with that many we could do something else throughout the year,” Metzger said.

The garden contains tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, lettuce, melons, squash, green beans and rhubarb. If any food is left over after the weekly distribution, it’s taken to Beatrice the next day to be offered at the Salvation Army.

“There are needs in our own community, and this is just our way of trying to fill those needs and give back to our community,” Freeman FFA adviser Tony Jensen said.

The fresh produce will be offered until Oct. 14.


Information from: Beatrice Sun, https://www.beatricedailysun.com

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