Linden nonprofit seeks to use gardening to fight food insecurity and keep children safe
COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A nonprofit organization that started with a mission to address community concerns has grown into more.
The Miracle Garden in Linden was established in 2014 to help address concerns about policing and violence in the community. After several community meetings and comments, the nonprofit learned food insecurity was another issue among many residents of the neighborhood.
“We realized that the children were coming to block watch meetings because they were hungry,” said Leigh Anne Word, general manager of the Miracle Garden.
That’s why Miracle Garden was created: to help fill this need for the people of the Linden area, especially now, at a time when the pandemic has affected so many individuals and families.
“We think it is a great injustice that when it comes to food security, our urban children do not have the same opportunities as the children of the suburbs,” Word said.
Word hopes this project will help more teens and children join its gardening efforts to help keep children off the streets.
“We need to do something to help our young people before it is too late,” she said. “The number of shootings taking place in our community is unacceptable.”
In previous years, she said Ohio state students would volunteer, but the pandemic has changed all that. Now that things are returning to some normalcy, she’s hoping more people get involved again.
“We have literally lost over 1,000 volunteers during COVID,” Word said.
Anyone is invited to join her in one of the gardens. Normally on the weekends she and a group of different people are at different sites.
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