Food for Others, like so many food pantries across America, is focusing on receiving healthier donations for their clients. The organization would like to provide healthier options that people already enjoy. To gauge preferences, Food for Others surveyed clients on their fruits and vegetables of choice. After reviewing the survey results, they realized the majority of produce requested could be grown in a community garden.

On Thursday June 22nd, at Peace Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Food for Others planted their first garden where they will be growing the produce requested by clients. All produce grown in this garden will go to families in need in Northern Virginia. This exciting project would not have been possible without the support of Meadows Farms, Garden Club of Fairfax, and Friends of Occoquan.

The community garden was a collaborative effort thanks to so many wonderful volunteers, Peace Lutheran Church, Fairfax Food Council’s Urban Agriculture Working Group, and Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture.