Nonprofit seeks to gauge interest in community garden to serve food banks, area families

VANDALIA — Our Father’s Family Keeper Ministries is soliciting input from residents who may be interested in participating in a community garden, growing both vegetables and flowers.

The designated 10-acre plot of land is located southeast of the Lewis Lake Road and Donnell Lake Road intersection in Vandalia.

“The hope is that the community garden will help local families grow their own produce, and that any additional vegetables will be shared with local food banks to help more families in need during this difficult time,” said Bianca May, executive director.

“We will encourage all participants to follow state and national guidelines regarding social distancing and other safe practices, such as wearing masks,” May added.

To express interest in the community garden and provide input, contact OFFKM via email at ourfathersfamily@gmail.com or by phone at (269) 476-1257.

The Vandalia-based nonprofit, which May and her husband, Curtis, formed in 2012, offers a number of services including free clothing exchanges, youth educational supports, providing furniture and household items for individuals transitioning from shelters into housing and transportation for those in need of assistance.

To learn more about OFFKM, visit ourfathersfamilykeeper.org.