Helping Food-Insecure Iowans

Nearly 2,300 Pounds Donated in 2020!

With the help of 18 volunteers donating 54 hours of their time, WCI planted and harvested nearly 2,300 pounds of sweet potatoes from its Garden for Good for area food banks. This is the second year that WCI has set aside a portion of its production gardens as the Garden for Good.

Adam Main, Farm Programs Manager, reported that extreme dry weather kept WCI from reaching its goal of 5,000 pounds. The severe drought decreased yields and drove voles to damaging about 360 pounds.The Food Bank of Iowa took the unblemished potatoes to distribute through their network of 55 counties in Iowa. The food rescue organization, Eat Greater Des Moines, salvaged the damaged but still usable remainder.

One out of every 8 Iowans is food insecure. With our long history of producing sustainably-grown produce, WCI is in a unique position to help meet this critical need.

Our “Garden for Good” helps food-insecure Iowans access more locally-grown produce and eat more healthfully. The Meyocks Group in West Des Moines has committed to sponsoring the Garden for the next 3 years with a gift of $4,000 annually. If you’d like to financially support this effort, contact Ann or make a direct contribution through out Donate page. Potential planting or harvest volunteers can contact Lisa. Thank you!

“Iowans struggling with food insecurity have a lot of trouble getting access to fresh, nutritious produce, due to its cost. When WCI donates sweet potatoes to the Food Bank of Iowa, they’re helping us ensure that our neighbors in need can maintain a wholesome diet.” –Emily Shearer, Food Bank of Iowa
“This is one of my favorite outdoor experiences of the entire year. Always I am moved by the hours of labor that staff and volunteers devote to this project from planting, covering, weeding, watering, harvesting and sorting to storing and loading the full crates of potatoes.”–Cath Olesen, volunteer
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