Garden Share Program Helps Feed Seniors

Garden Share Program Helps Feed Seniors

Area residents who have spare fresh produce from their gardens have a chance to help local senior citizens.  OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center and Faith in Action are seeking donations to help feed senior citizens across Vermilion County.

Faith in Action’s Garden Share Program provides fresh produce for seniors each week.  The seniors take home a bag of produce donated by local farmers and gardeners.  OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center provides recipes from its dietary services and interns.

‘’There are seniors across Vermilion County who don’t have access to fresh foods,’’ says Ashton Greer, the Senior Services Program Coordinator at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center.  ‘’Every little bit counts,’’ he says. ‘’That zucchini going bad on a vine in your garden can provide a senior with a nutritious, fresh option,’’ added Greer.

Donations of excess produce can be dropped off Monday through Friday at two locations:

  • CRIS Healthy-Aging Center at 309 N. Franklin Street in Danville between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Georgetown Township Building at 1805 N. Main in Georgetown from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Seniors can pick up items every Wednesday through September 26th at:

  • CRIS Healthy-Aging Center at 309 N. Franklin Street in Danville from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m.
  • Georgetown Township Building, 1805 N. Main in Georgetown from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m.

Volunteers are also needed to help distribute the food and nutrition information.  Call (217) 431-8489 if you would like to help.