The initiative helps to expand gardens at schools and other community settings to increase access to fresh produce.
FAIRFAX, Va. — When the demand in local food banks began to increase, Woodson High School’s science department chairwoman and environmental club advisor, Lauren Kinne, knew she had to do something to help.
“It’s been nice to build the community in Fairfax County and our local community and donate to the food bank,” Kinne said.
Kinne said she partnered with the Fairfax Food Council and Food for Others to donate produce to local Virginian families. From tomatoes to cucumbers, the club has worked diligently the past year to give much-needed support to their community.
The garden has also given students a lot of relief, mentally, from being indoor during the quarantine period and virtual learning.
“It’s really good for your mental health,” said senior Maureen Telona, one of the club’s officers. “Gardening is really calming, especially for AP (Advanced Placement) tests and all that extra pressure from school.”
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