Home Gardeners Vs. Hunger in the Community

Texomans are helping people in need by reaching into their backyards instead of their back pockets.

Interfaith Ministries wants to make fresh produce an option for Texomans in need. Jean Payne, Executive Director with Interfaith Ministries says, "It's just a treat for people to get fresh green beans or okra or something like that in the summer. It's just like a Christmas present to get fresh food." And with spring just around the corner Payne says they encourage people who garden to plant an extra row of seeds. They say the extra harvest can be put to good use. She adds, "You don't have to throw it away and it doesn't have to go to waste. It will go to someone who would truly appreciate it."

Interfaith Ministries signed up with Home Gardeners Vs. Hunger In The Community Program. Its designed to encourage people who garden to donate and share their harvest with people in need. Payne comments, "Sometimes they are faced with making the choice of, do I pay my electric bill or do I buy groceries. Do I put gas in my car or can I buy groceries. For a lot of people it's a balancing act."

But right now Interfaith is trying to keep a balance of incorporating fresh produce in their food pantry, a sometimes healthier option. Interfaith Ministries says they are looking for basic produce staples like, tomatoes, green beans, squash, and okra.

Garden experts say for the month of February onions, carrots, and spinach are all great options for planting. Tomatoes should be planted in mid to late March.

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6