In the greater High Point area, one out of every five people has trouble putting food on the table. For this reason, Greater High Point Food Alliance and World Relief are teaming up to create a very special community garden and it would not be possible without help from High Point Community Foundation.
“The High Point Community Foundation gave us a grant this last year to help buy tools and underwrite some of the costs of getting this garden started,” said Jennifer Foy, Officer Director of World Relief.
The gardening goal is simple: increasing food availability. “The Community Foundation actually funded us developing an app that shows all the food pantries, shows all the community gardens, the different resources that are available in the city,” said Rev. Carl Vierling, Executive Director of Greater High Point Food Alliance. The free app is called High Point Food Finder.
Once the growing begins, refugees and others struggling to afford fresh produce will enjoy the benefits.
Vierling said, “We know that there are seniors out there that are using animal food and mixing it. They're making choices between food and medication and they're also skipping their medication to make their dollars go a little bit further.” The refugees will be able to eat, sell, or donate everything they grow.
“One of the things that you find is that people don't know where to get the resources,” Vierling said.
The plot of land was donated by Habitat for Humanity. The land is a little over two acres and will be able to fit around 100 individual garden plots. According to Foy, “They have a lot to offer in knowledge because they have done so much with so little so much of their life.
"They can tier their gardening. So shade loving plants they will plant underneath taller vegetables that need more sun. So they will get double or triple the amount of produce out of a piece of land.”
World Relief offers refugees some help with health matters as well. “They are completely unfamiliar with our health care system here. So we teach them about that, educate them. We provide over the counter medication for them when they have ear infections, allergies, things like that,” said Sandy Paige, Health Promotor at World Relief.