User Login    
 + Register
News : Missouri Prison Program Donates 163 Tons Of Produce
Posted by Randy on 2013/12/16 6:30:44 (275 reads) News by the same author

A record 163 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables grown by Missouri prisoners was donated to local food pantries, shelters, churches, nursing homes and schools this year, shattering last year's record of 117 tons.
Click to see original Image in a new window

The Missouri Department of Corrections yesterday announced the yearly distribution total for its Restorative Justice Garden Program.

"This year's record harvest is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and offenders who are helping the less fortunate throughout Missouri," said George Lombardi, Missouri Department of Corrections director. He said in a news release that the program provides offenders "the means to help repay their debt to society, and it teaches them the value of compassion, which is a quality many of them lack in their lives."

Northeast Missouri Correctional Center in Bowling Green was the department's top producer this year with more than 62,000 pounds of produce donated. Boonville Correctional Center donated the second-largest amount of produce with more than 49,100 pounds, while the Jefferson City Correctional Center donated more than 47,400 pounds. Moberly Correctional Center also donated 5,000 plants to local food pantries as well as to the Boonville Correctional Center's Restorative Justice Garden.

Department officials said the program operates without the assistance of tax dollars. All of the seeds and plants for the gardens are donated to the institutions, and in return, all the produce grown is then donated to local food pantries, shelters, churches and school districts.

A variety of produce is grown at 20 of the 21 adult institutions and three of the community supervision centers. Some examples of produce grown throughout the year at the institutions include tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, cucumbers, carrots, green beans, cantaloupe, watermelon, okra, onions, potatoes and pumpkins.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2015/1/26 4:31:27 - Is The Personal Robot Finally Here?
2015/1/26 4:25:12 - Man Transforms His Home Into A Cat Paradise For Maximum Kitty Fun
2015/1/26 4:20:54 - Baby Born In Arizona Without Eyes
2015/1/26 4:11:22 - Man Shot At For Flicking Bright Lights At Driver
2015/1/26 4:06:28 - Deaths By Suicide Appear To Be Increasing Across Missouri
2015/1/26 4:03:00 - 4-Year Old Calls 911, Saves Pregnant Mother And Becomes Big Sister
2015/1/26 3:59:02 - Three Teens Charged In Killing Of 14-Year Old Girl
2015/1/26 3:56:03 - Sheriffs Want Popular Police-Tracking App Disabled
2015/1/26 3:52:20 - Nor'easter Threatens Northeast With 2 Feet Of Snow
2015/1/26 3:50:17 - Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing $930,000 from St. Joseph Employer
2015/1/23 21:05:29 - Grundy County Grass Fire Burns Seven Acres
2015/1/23 21:01:17 - Gilman City Man Injured In Wreck East Of Bethany
2015/1/23 20:58:23 - Friday Morning Accident Injures Richmond Man
2015/1/23 15:09:07 - St. Louis Plays Visit To North Central For Huge Early Season Showdowns
2015/1/23 10:40:00 - Eggs, Bacon, and Football? Chiefs Game In London Set For 8:30 Kickoff
2015/1/23 10:40:00 - NCMC Baseball Program Announces "Winter Warm-Up" Plans
2015/1/23 10:25:17 - Mizzou Adds JUCO Tackle To 2015 Recruiting Class
2015/1/23 9:40:00 - Gallatin Bulldogs Rally For Road Sweep At Trenton
2015/1/23 9:23:59 - Trenton JV Sweeps Games At Gallatin Tournament
2015/1/23 7:50:00 - NCMC Board Of Trustees Meeting Report
2015/1/23 4:42:13 - Powerball Lottery Sales Plunge As 'Jackpot Fatigue' Sets In
2015/1/23 4:20:57 - 3 Million-Year-Old Ancestor Had Human-Like Hands
2015/1/23 4:09:46 - State Representative's Son Arrested On DWI, Drug Charges After Wreck
2015/1/23 4:05:17 - Deputy Busts Couple After Finding Meth Lab On His Property
2015/1/23 4:01:48 - Missouri Supreme Court Halts Execution Of Marcellus Williams
2015/1/23 3:58:04 - Missouri Car Dealers Sue State For Tesla's Direct Sales
2015/1/23 3:53:33 - Man Uses Puppy To Beat Girlfriend
2015/1/23 3:50:52 - Measles Outbreak Casts Spotlight On Anti-Vaccine Movement
2015/1/22 20:36:41 - Trenton Native Joins Avila University's 1000 Point Club
2015/1/22 13:59:32 - Princeton Tiger Coaches Shows For Thursday, 1/22/15



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Events Today
Listen to KTTN-FM