Champaign garden growing its effort to give back

CHAMPAIGN--All the produce grown in one Champaign garden goes to those in need throughout the Champaign-Urbana community, but now those in charge are growing their efforts to give back.

The "Give Back Garden" produces around 800 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables each year. That fresh food is then handed out for free on a first-come, first serve basis at the CU Public Health District.

This year, the planters behind the effort want to grow their garden and reach more people, while letting them know that produce can be purchased with a LINK card.

"[We're] really trying to get people that are in the community interested in it," said Kylie Paschke-Strawn, who volunteers at the garden. "And let them know the great programs that it  has to offer and the fact that you can get produce especially if you're SNAP or WIC just right here in Champaign."  

"We want to help people use it," said WIC nutritionist, Valerie Koress. "So we're looking at these other pathways of distribution so we can provide recipes and growing tips so that we're actually connecting with the people that are taking it."

The gardeners will distribute some potted plants next month as a fundraiser for the "Give Back Garden."  The plant sale will be held CU Public Health District from May 4th through May 8th, from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Those interested in donating to the garden can do so at
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