SUMMIT, NJ - Through the course of the summer, local gardeners harvested the fruits of their labor in the Summit Community Garden and donated more than 500 pounds of fresh produce to St. Teresa’s Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry.  The food pantry feeds 50-60 families a week, on average, including children, adults and seniors.

The Summit ACHIEVE Community Garden launched last spring with the help of a grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which was secured by the Summit Area YMCA.  In addition to the CDC grant, the garden has the support of Overlook Medical Center through the five-year free land lease agreement, as well as from generous grants from the Overlook Foundation, the Summit Garden Club, and the Junior League of Summit.

This summer, eight gardeners donated their time and effort to care for a bed that was dedicated to growing food for the food pantry.  In the bed, they grew peas, string beans, tomatoes, collards, cucumbers, radishes, peppers, and herbs.  Other gardeners also contributed produce harvested from their own garden beds to contribute to the donations being sent to St. Teresa’s.

“This is a wonderful example of community helping community,” said Janet Smith, VP of Human Resources for the Summit Area YMCA.  “We are thrilled to work with all of our partners to bring this garden to life.  The good that it is bringing to the larger community delivers on its promise as a community garden…everyone working together for a healthier, stronger and more connected community.” 

For more information on the Summit ACHIEVE Community Garden, contact Janet Smith at janet.smith@thesay.org.