Three local teens recently completed a “Grow-a-Row” project for the Second Harvest Food Pantry in Smithville.
Matthew Cooper, Andrew Cooper, and Braxton Pugh planted 1,000 feet of potatoes in mid-March. After spending four months cultivating the plants, they harvested 1,100 pounds of potatoes and donated them to the food pantry on July 17.
“Although hunger in third-world countries receives a lot of media attention, lots of people don’t realize that there are many suffering from hunger right here in America,” Matthew Cooper said. “Andrew, Braxton, and I wanted to do something to fight hunger in our own community. We hope that this project will encourage other people to donate home-grown produce to their local food pantries, too.”
(TOP PHOTO: left to right- Matthew Cooper, Andrew Cooper, and Braxton Pugh with Peggy Johnson)
(BOTTOM PHOTO: left to right Matthew Cooper, Andrew Cooper, and Braxton Pugh harvesting the potatoes)