Students and faculty celebrate "Harvest for the Hungry Garden"
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Displaying the new sign for the garden are (from left): Jonathan Brown, Hunger Network Club member and Summer Garden Coordinator; Marge Screen, President of the Turlock Garden Club; Nasr Mahmood, Hunger Network Club member; Margaret Ramos of the Academic Senate Office and Garden Coordinator; Areli Dohner-Chavez, Hunger Network Club President; and Marcella LeFever of the Communication Studies faculty whose class members participated in the project. Displaying the new sign for the garden are (from left): Jonathan Brown, Hunger Network Club member and Summer Garden Coordinator; Marge Screen, President of the Turlock Garden Club; Nasr Mahmood, Hunger Network Club member; Margaret Ramos of the Academic Senate Office and Garden Coordinator; Areli Dohner-Chavez, Hunger Network Club President; and Marcella LeFever of the Communication Studies faculty whose class members participated in the project.
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A special garden project that will help feed the hungry in Turlock was dedicated on May 18.

The University’s Hunger Network Club has revitalized the "Harvest for the Hungry Garden," which donates produce to feed the hungry. The newly redesigned garden in the BioAg area next to the Science Building has been lovingly prepared using sustainable, organic growing practices by students, faculty, and staff, and is handicap accessible.

It is estimated in the Stanislaus County Nutrition Profile compiled by California Food Policy Advocates that the total number of people “touched by hunger and food insecurity" in Stanislaus County is 166,000. The Hunger Network, a student organization at CSU Stanislaus, works diligently to reduce the number of hungry in the local area.

Efforts to revitalize the "Harvest for the Hungry Garden" were coordinated by Margaret Ramos who works in the University’s Academic Senate office. When volunteers waned last fall, there was talk of discontinuing the project. Ramos stepped in to help the club rejuvenate the program and rebuild the new garden beds. The garden now features a number of raised bed planter boxes, thanks to donated materials from local businesses, support from the University's Office of Service Learning, and volunteers who assembled the beds. Produce from this garden is delivered to United Samaritans in Turlock and then distributed to those in need.

Ramos says the garden project still needs volunteers to assist in the on-going maintenance of the vegetable production throughout the summer and winter months. People interested in volunteering at the garden can contact Hunger Network Club adviser, Dr. Tamara Sniezek at (209) 667-3224.
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