Feeding the Hungry Along the Shoreline

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get helpThe Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries is an interfaith service that provides food and fellowship to those in need and educates our community on hunger and poverty.

It was still brisk at 9am this morning (3/30), but the sun was shining and the soil was warm enough (just) to receive the first seeds and seedlings of the new growing season. Energetic volunteers streamed into the Common Good Gardens and after a brief huddle, began preparing a few beds for early crops peas, spinach and turnips. They worked hard to clear the carpet of winter weeds from a few beds – a morning well spent!

The Common Good Gardens, behind Grace Episcopal Church in Old Saybrook, is now officially open for active gardening and will add new crops once or twice per week as the weather gets warmer. Volunteer-run since 2002, the garden grows and distributes fresh, organic produce to those in need, through the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries. And as always, we need more volunteers to get the job done.

We welcome people of all ages and interests: gardeners to plant, weed and harvest (no experience necessary); people with computer, carpentry, writing or speaking skills; people who’d like to deliver our produce or work with student groups; people who love nature or are excited about nutrition or maybe even the science of enriching soil. We work at our own pace and typically leave upbeat and restored. Growing season is now through late October. Volunteer schedules are variable and can fit most needs. To learn more and meet current volunteers, come to our spring garden tour and orientation, Saturday, April 22. If questions or you’d like to sign up, please email/call Barbara Standke, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 860-575-8645.

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