Friday Feel Good: Hospital garden grows 100 lbs of produce for local food pantries

A dose of feel good to kick off the weekend.

A Chippewa Falls, Wis.-based hospital is providing for its community in more ways than one.

The 193-bed St. Joseph's Hospital has grown and donated 100 pounds of produce in its community garden this summer, according to WQOW News 18.  

In the St. Joseph's Hospital Community Gardens, plots of land are available for volunteers to cultivate, and the produce is later distributed to local food pantries. Families can also purchase a plot for $20 to grow their own food, according to the report.

"There's a promotion for the federal government, it's called Feds Feed Families and people can either donate produce or fresh vegetables or canned goods at our office and we decided this would be a good opportunity to help our local community also and have fresh produce instead of just cans and boxed goods," volunteer Doug Sippl told WQOW News 18. Mr. Sippl works for the Department of Agriculture along with several other volunteers, according to the report.

The fresh donations fly off the shelves at Jim Falls Food Pantry, one of the recipient locations, its director, Josh Bourget, told WQOW. "[The crops are] a real blessing because as you can see, most of the stuff we have is canned," he said in the report.


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