Evening in Garden raises money for Food Bank of Delaware

August 23, 2010 under CANR News, Events

Students, faculty and community members gathered in the University of Delaware’s Garden for the Community — a 15,000-square-foot service garden at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) — on Aug. 12 to celebrate the college’s partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware.

More than 150 guests attended the Evening in the Garden event, which brought awareness to the community garden project and provided additional support to the Food Bank of Delaware.

The Evening in the Garden raised more than $5,000 for the Food Bank and collected more than 600 pounds of non-perishable food items.

Those in attendance enjoyed garden-fresh food, courtesy of the Food Bank’s Culinary School; fine wine provided by Chaddsford Winery, Women of the Vine Cellars and Paradocx Vineyard; and live entertainment by Dodging Cupid.

The evening included a raffle, with prizes from Newark Natural Foods, Stone Balloon Winehouse, Gloss Salon and Spa, M. Fierro and Sons, the UDairy Creamery and UD Botanic Gardens.

Each year, more than 17,500 Delawareans turn to emergency food assistance. The Food Bank distributes 7-10 million pounds of food annually. Over three tons of produce from the garden were donated to the Food Bank in 2009, and current estimates have the garden slated to donate close to 5 tons in 2010.

The garden relies on student and community volunteers to plant, tend, and harvest the garden. If you are interested in volunteering, donating, or being sponsor, please visit the Garden for the Community website.

Photos from the Evening in the Garden event can be viewed on the CANR Flickr page.

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