Growing Much More Than Food

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DECATUR- Mercy Gardens is a candidate to receive $25,000 in a grant and all they need now  is the communities support and votes.

The State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant competition will award forty community causes across the country with $25,000 to help sustain their efforts. Mercy Gardens of Decatur made the cut and is now in the top 40 but needs votes to help stay there.

Growing much more than just vegetables, Mercy Gardens serves as a job skills training program, exposing students who have any kind of disadvantage, a second chance complete with a new set of skills. Graduating its first class at the end of the month, out of the 8 students in the program 6 have already found employment. 

The garden is supported by The Good Samaritan Inn and the produce harvested at the gardens will help  provide healthier options for the 25,000 meals the Inn serves a month.

Garden Manager and Instructor Cindy Jackson said, "Our goal is to provide 5,000 of the meals the Inn serves with our products and in 5 years we hope to meet all the needs of both the Northeast Community Fund and The Good Samaritan Inn."

To help support Mercy Gardens by voting up to ten times a day from now until June 3 click on the link https://www.state-assist.com/cause/1501212/mercy-gardens and vote today.?

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