High Plains Food Bank's garden receives spring cleanup

Students from WTAMU and volunteers from Cargill re-worked the flower beds and cleaned the garden at the High Plains Food Bank.

Cargill spread its Earth day generosity to one local garden in much need of a makeover for the summer.

For three hours volunteers from Cargill and students from West Texas A&M University spruced-up the garden at the High Plains Food Bank.

â??This garden provides fruits and vegetables to our children,â?? Star Stater with Cargill said. â??We, as a community have to keep this place running.â??

Nutrition Education Director Justin Young said the need for the garden is essential, especially in the Texas Panhandle. According to Young the food bank distributes 600,000 pounds of food every month and the food from the garden doesnâ??t go unnoticed.

â??This garden has come a long way since 2009,â?? Young said. â??Anything helps, donations, even just volunteers coming out here.â??

Young said on a good year the garden will produce 20,000 pound of food, fresh fruit and vegetables provided straight to the food bank.

Cargill presented the food bank with a $3,750 check. A check Young said will go to help fix the gardenâ??s irrigation system.