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Initiative helping families and farmers during the pandemic

Posted at 11:55 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 23:55:45-04

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LAWRENCE — Money from the United Way Of Central Indiana's COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund is helping a program that gives fresh produce to families while helping the farmers.

The Lawrence Community Gardens has seven acres near 46th Street and Post Road to grow food specifically for pantries and neighbors.

"We have employed our youth with weekly stipends to give them something to do since they are out of school and help keep youth crime rate down," Sharrona Moore, founder of the gardens said.

The food is typically sold at the far east side farmers market, but due to the pandemic, it's closed.

Kheprw Institute is using the produce to help fill orders through it's community controlled food initiative. Kheprw is seeing an increase in produce orders and farmers needing to sell food during the pandemic.

"We identified 15 families who are in need and gave them the free produce," said Danita Hoskin, president of the Crown Hill Neighborhood Association.

Moore says it's important to have the program during a time like now.

The program is a chance to do something to help people in need and farmers who want to help the community.

Money from the COVID-19 Economic Relief Fund is going directly to support the initiative. The fund assists organizations helping other people get through the pandemic. If you'd like to donate, text HELP 2020 to 91999.