10/29/19 Western Alamance High students build gardens for the elderly and disabled
Food for those in need
Western Alamance High students build gardens for the elderly and disabled By Tom Jones, The Times-News 10/29/19 Reprinted with permission.
Western Alamance High School students have been fighting food insecurity and the lack of access to fresh vegetables among the elderly and disabled in the community.
Western’s Future Farmers of America was awarded $1,200 through an FFA Living to Serve grant, and under Service Coordinator Aleasha Garrison, students worked a full day to construct plant beds at Burlington Homes.
Most of the residents there live below the federal poverty level and struggle to get fresh vegetables, Western’s FFA said. The beds are high enough for residents in wheelchairs to participate. Burlington Homes now has 21 residents in its gardening club.
“We have been wanting a garden for a long time, and now we are blessed with one,” said Brenda Glass, president of the Residents Council, who wrote a letter thanking the students. “We look forward to seeing the vegetables grow and to be able to enjoy them. The benches will give the seniors a place to sit and socialize without having to walk so far. The garden will give us something to look forward to and another form of exercise.”