‘Lunch Break’ Benefits with Veggies & Tour

MIDDLETOWN, NJ - In April 2010 a church’s expansive grounds were transformed into a Community PAR garden.  The PAR Garden (Plant-A-Row For the Hungry) is a community garden divided into individual plots and planted with vegetables allowing participants a sense of self pride and self worth while producing food for the needy.  The goal of the garden is to produce a minimum of 1000 pounds of organically grown produce to be supplied to community soup kitchens, food banks and/or needy families in our area.  Some groups that are working in the garden include the Westminster Presbyterian Church congregation, members of other nearby churches, the local Lions Club, the WPC Nature Pre-School, a local Youth Club and caring neighbors.

This month, harvesting has begun with over 251 pounds of fresh produce being donated to Lunch Break, a soup kitchen and pantry located in Red Bank.  In honor of this initial harvest and to better understand the community needs, the PAR Garden Committee & Lunch Break will tour each other’s facilities on Saturday, July 17, 2010 beginning at 9am at Lunch Break.  Following the tour of Lunch Break, Director Gwen Love and others will join in a tour of the PAR Garden located on the grounds of Westminster Presbyterian in Middletown, NJ.

For the past fifty years, the Westminster Presbyterian Church has maintained a quiet existence.  The church, made up of approximately 200 members, sits nestled a hundred yards back from the bustling Tindall Road and across from Middletown High School North.  This year the church is moving in several new directions to integrate itself and positively impact the community.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Julie Bair or Bruce Forshee at 732-671-2585 or e-mail: wpcpargarden@gmail.com