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Project Host - Soup Kitchen Garden
|Master Gardener volunteer opportunities:
1st and 3rd Saturday of each month.
Project Host Soup Kitchen, located in Greenville at 525 S. Academy Street provides lunches to the local community 365 days a year. Serving approximately 200 people a day, more than 69,000 meals were prepared in 2003 by the kitchen’s employees and the volunteer staff. To better serve the community, the Soup Kitchen’s chef also offers a 12 week culinary class to prepare qualified members from the local members from the local community to enter Greenville’s workforce in the food service industry.
Members of the Greater Greenville Master Gardeners established the Project Host Soup Kitchen Garden in 1999. At the time, it was one of the first gardens in the U.S. actually located on the site of a Soup Kitchen. The garden was, and remains, a part of the Plant a Row for the Hungry effort – a national public service campaign of People-Helping-People to feed the hungry in their own community.
The mission of the Soup Kitchen Garden is to supply the Soup Kitchen with year round fresh produce while educating Master Gardener volunteers in vegetable planting, growing and maintenance techniques.
The Soup Kitchen Garden is run and maintained solely by the Greater Greenville Master Gardeners and volunteers from Hands on Greenville. The garden operates 12 months a year and includes the planting of crops appropriate to this area, the seasons and the needs of the Soup Kitchen. The 1,700 square feet of garden area has provided the soup kitchen with: beets, carrots, turnips, onions, cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, spinach, summer squash, zucchini, green beans, okra, cucumbers, kale, collards, brussel sprouts and various culinary herbs.
The continued success of the Soup Kitchen Garden is due to the efforts of its volunteers and the generous donations of others. Among these are: St. Francis Hospital’s irrigation system, Fafard Inc.’s soil amendments, live vegetable plants from Bonnie’s Plants, vegetable seeds from the Greenville Community Lawn and Garden and various tools and products from local Lowes and Home Depot.
Nourishing with knowledge, the Greater Greenville Master Gardeners are proud to support the Project Host Soup Kitchen’s efforts by providing fresh vegetables and herbs to its community.