Community Garden

Food Banks were created to reclaim food that would otherwise go to waste and redistribute it to people in need.  That ideal is still at the heart of a significant percentage of the food we obtain and distribute.  Thanks to our affiliation with Feeding America, we capture donations of food from large corporations—national supermarket chains and large food manufacturers.  Locally, we are supported by manufacturers, grocery stores, farmers, and community food drives.

Production

The community garden utilizes organic growing practices to produce healthy fruits and vegetables each year. All produce is distributed to clients on-site through the Cedar Valley Food Pantry. But none of this is possible without an army of volunteers.

Group volunteers help our program to accomplish huge amounts of work that would otherwise take days or even weeks to complete.  We welcome master gardeners, gardening clubs, youth groups, corporate groups, student clubs, church groups and all other organizations to volunteer at our community garden.

For more information on volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Department at 319-235-0507.

Conservation

The community garden utilizes organic growing practices to create a habitat designed to attract butterflies, bees and other beneficial species.  Garden debris and food waste are composted to provide a nutrient rich soil amendment for production while diverting waste from landfills.

Education

The community garden provides educational activities on-site through the Summer Feeding program by engaging children in the food cycle and growing process.  Children are then able to take the food they harvest in the garden into our on-site kitchen to prepare a nutritious food item.

The food bank also welcomes field trips to the community garden. For more information, to schedule a tour or field trip, or to volunteer, please contact our Administrative Assistant at 319-235-0507 or adminassistant@feedingamerica.org.