The gardeners have been busy. Stop by the Clark County Adventist Community Services (CCACS) building at 3114 E Fourth Plain Boulevard in Vancouver, Washington and you’ll immediately notice the garden. Perfect rows stretch from fence to fence, each bed exactly five feet from the next, already showing promise of a bountiful harvest.
The folks who volunteer here work for people who are hungry, out-of-work, and in need of everything from food to toilet paper. And these community servants are ready for all who come on Monday and Tuesday. This month they’re providing “Drive-in” services. Drive up to the center, hand your list to one of the volunteers, and in a few minutes they’ll deliver a “hungry-box” to your car. Food for the week!
Even more important in this time of Covid19’s harassment, the volunteers are planting a garden large enough to provide fresh veggies for the crowds who’ll be hungry in the summer.
“We test our soil each spring,” says chief gardener Marilyn Puccinelli, “send the samples to a lab in Minnesota, and then apply the minerals necessary to produce organic crops that provide 100% of the nutrients our bodies need. It’s better than organic!”
Marilyn and her volunteers are in the garden, irrigating the crops, pulling weeds, and planning to harvest their veggies. They’ve chosen to be encouragers, making sure CCACS is a place where the hungry can find lettuce, radishes, beets, and onions. If your jeans have holes in all the wrong places, when this is over, they’ll have jeans. If you need help applying for government assistance, they know how to guide you. And, if you’re done with cable news, they’d love to have you join them in the garden!
Speaking of toilet paper… Marilyn’s been saving TP rolls to help keep the onion stalks “nice and white.”
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