Homegrown Alabama Vendors Provide Fresh Products to Tuscaloosa Families

The Soul Food Brigade serves participants and volunteers at Relief Portraits at American Christian Academy on Saturday afternoon.

Starting last year, Homegrown Alabama began asking our vendors to donate leftover fresh produce to Canterbury Episcopal Chapel’s food pantry, Deacon’s Deli. We realized that although Deacon’s Deli supplies much-needed sustenance to families every week, that food is necessarily boxed, canned and bagged. Canterbury and Homegrown forged a partnership that would allow Deacon’s Deli recipients to choose fresh food to fill their grocery bags with. Canterbury has also given us funding to distribute vouchers to those recipients for market tokens.

After the recent tornado, which hit the week before the market began this year, Homegrown has asked our vendors to contribute to the efforts of an offshoot of the Druid City Garden Project, the Soul Food Brigade. In addition to being a vendor at the market, DCGP is a community-based non-profit organization in Tuscaloosa working to increase access to fresh, locally grown produce and educate the community about sustainability and healthy eating. Their flagship project, a community garden plot at University Place School, was destroyed by the tornado, so they created the Soul Food Brigade. They have been working for the past few weeks to distribute home-cooked meals to displaced people and volunteers in the community. The Homegrown farmers have contributed an incredible amount of the fresh fruits, vegetables, beef, and cheese for this project, week after week.

If you would like to make a contribution to either of these projects, simply bring a bag of produce or a cash donation to the Homegrown Alabama tent. To make a cash donation to the Druid City Garden Project, visit druidcitygardenproject.org.

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About homegrownalabama

Homegrown Alabama is a student organization at The University of Alabama. Our goal is to bring local produce onto the University campus and to form partnerships between the University and local producers. We organize the farmers' market that runs form May till September every Thursday from 3-6 p.m. at Canterbury Episcopal Chapel.
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