Helping Food-Insecure Iowans
Annual Sweet Potato Harvest to Area Food Banks
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. We’ve set aside one acre of garden production to grow sweet potatoes and donate each year’s harvest to area food banks and food pantries. Sweet potatoes are nutritious, easy to prepare, store well, and a common food in many cultures.
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
This amazing drone footage captures great views of the Garden for Good and the hard work from our friends at Meyocks during spring sweet potato planting.