A huge thank you goes out to all the folks at Norfleet for donating such beautiful soil for the Grow for your Neighbor garden on the front lawn of the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank. This fantastic donation will help to feed many families through the summer and fall months… we thank you Norfleet.
John Groth was a quiet, unassuming man who loved life and lived each and every day to its fullest. Having grown up during the Great Depression and his later experience as a POW in a German prison camp during WWII, John experienced firsthand the fear of uncertainty and the pain of going without.
These profound experiences molded John into the caring and compassionate individual he was to become. John truly believed that the greatest good one could do was to be at the service of his fellow-man wherever and whenever there was a need.
The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank held a special dedication of the on-site community garden in honor of Mr. John Groth generous donor and benefactor to the FAFB at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
Executive Director, Oya Oliver and John’s son Mr. Steven Groth were on hand to cut the dedication ribbon along with members of the food bank and the community.
Contact:: Dayna Klein
Phone 540-371-7666 x 131
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – AUGUST 22 – The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank will hold a special dedication of the on-site community garden in honor of Mr. John Groth generous donor and benefactor to the FAFB at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2011. The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank and Community Garden is located at 3631 Lee Hill Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.
“We are fortunate to have community partners, and volunteers who are committed to working together for healthier families,” said Oya Oliver, Executive Director, Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. The garden will provide healthy food back to the community and physical activity as well as a social outlet for the volunteers that garden the spaces. Our on-site Master Gardener will offer educational sessions in the garden to create a sense of community and beautify the grounds of the food bank. “Everyone’s saying – ‘Let’s do this!’ This is our way of celebrating the first steps, we have a ways to go, and we’ll get there.”
The ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m., will include a brief welcome, the history of the garden, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and light refreshments. The public is invited to attend.
About the Community Garden Program
In early 2010, Quinn Rivers approached the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank with a grant idea to provide an affordable, sustainable fresh food resource through the implementation of a community garden program. The idea blossomed. It was decided by Quinn Rivers and the food bank that the concept of a fresh food program blended well with the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank’s mission of creating a hunger-free community. The implementation of the newly formed Community Garden Program was allocated to our Fresh Foods Program Manager, Lindsey Williams. In 2010 the first on-site garden was planted at the food bank which yielded over 850 pounds of fresh produce that was distributed back to the hungry of our community.
This garden would not have been possible without the financial support and dedicated efforts of our community supporters. The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank would like to thank the Groth Family, Meadow Farms Nursery, RACSB Activities Center, Quinn Rivers and the volunteers from the United Way Day of Caring for all of their donations of time and funding to make this garden a success.