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July 9, 2002

SHARE GIFTS FROM YOUR GARDEN HELP SENIORS MAINTAIN GOOD NUTRITION

Charlotte, NC -- Your excess garden vegetables and fruits can benefit those who are less fortunate in the Charlotte Mecklenburg community, particularly seniors who need the fresh items to supplement their diets.

-- Your excess garden vegetables and fruits can benefit those who are less fortunate in the Charlotte Mecklenburg community, particularly seniors who need the fresh items to supplement their diets.

Share-A-Garden is the name of the program administered by the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services (DSS) Community Resources Office (CRO). The CRO operates an emergency food mini pantry under the umbrella of Loaves & Fishes, a nonprofit emergency food program that provides groceries for people in crisis.

"Our pantry serves a large number of seniors," said Kevin Kee, food resource coordinator. "This population has a high rate of medical conditions that place them on very strict diets. The Share-A-Garden donations will have a direct and positive impact on our seniors and other individuals that have a great need for those items."

Donations can be brought to the Community Resources Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. The office is located at the Wallace H. Kuralt Centre (DSS) at 301 Billingsley Road in Charlotte. Checks should be made payable to Mecklenburg County and designated for the Food Pantry. Checks can be mailed to the attention of DSS Community Resources Office, 301 Billingsley Road, Charlotte, NC 28211.

Currently, the DSS mini pantry is serving more than 500 individuals per month, Kee said. At that rate, he added, the pantry will likely surpass the 5,240 individuals served last year.

"This increase in demand makes us willing to accept any amount of fresh fruits and vegetables for our Share-A-Garden program," Kee said.



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