Dr. Kim Pottratz, a Learning Specialist in the MBS Center for Teaching & Learning, is combatting food insecurity in her hometown of Jefferson Township by organizing a home gardening initiative that promotes donating fresh produce to local food banks.
“I started this initiative when I read about food shortages at local food pantries due to the pandemic. Many families are facing food insecurity due to job losses,” said Dr. Pottratz. “I hope this initiative takes the mystique out of home gardening by providing seeds of high yield vegetables which will then allow home gardeners to share their surplus and provide fresh produce to struggling families in need.”
So far, she has sent out more than 1,000 packets of high-yield vegetable seeds (tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini) to novice and experienced growers.
Home gardeners are encouraged to keep what they will eat and share their spare vegetables with any of the township’s food pantries: Milton United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge, Crossroads Food Pantry in Oak Ridge, Our Lady Star of the Sea in Lake Hopatcong, and Hurdtown United Methodist Church in Lake Hopatcong.
To take part, or for more information, contact Dr. Kim Pottratz.