Monday, US News reported on community pantries being stocked with produce by an Indiana prison. The Wabash Valley Correctional Facility is helping fill food pantries in Indiana area with fresh produce.
Indiana Counties the Prison Supplies
This particular Indiana prison grows fresh produce and supplies it to community food pantries in the following counties:
- Sullivan County
- Vigo County
- Greene County
- Knux County
The prison supplies these counties with their produce as a nonprofit organization. Neither Wabash Valley Correctional Facility nor its prison workers receive monetary compensation for their food pantry works.
Food Produced in the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility Garden
These are some of the fresh veggies the prison supplies to its local community food pantries:
Bill Spurlin, the prison’s garden manager, says that the harvest is expected to go on throughout the month of August. Carrots, beets and turnips are expected to be harvested in October 2017.
Helping His Hands Disaster Response in the Indiana Prison
Helping His Hands Disaster Response is one of the organizations working with the prison to keep the local food pantries stocked with fresh produce. The organization’s director, Scott Shipman acknowledges this as a huge blessing to both the prison and the families they help.
Fresh, organic food is now delivered to these local families. This is the main aim of the Helping His Hands Disaster Response organization and the community garden at the Indiana prison.
Prison Community Garden Brings Pride to Inmates
About 20 inmates work in the fresh produce community garden at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Ryan Osowski, is one of the inmates working there. He works three days a week, and there are about eight other prisoners working with him.
Ryan says that he is happy that they get to do something good for the people beyond the Indiana prison walls. This is a chance for them to give back to the community and learn various skills in gardening and cultivation.
What Indiana Prison Authorities Think…
Correctional Captain Eric Brewer has been involved with the program for four years now. He says that some of the inmates have never taken part in such productive activities. He enjoys watching them learn and take pride in their new cultivation and gardening skills.
Breanna Timble is the community service director at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. She says they are picking more fresh produce than they need every day. According to Timble, any community that would like some of these fresh, organic foods should contact them.
Their number is 812-398-500, extensions 3115 or 3117. The prison sometimes does the delivery of the produce.
“‘This is a huge blessing for us and the families we help,’ said Scott Shipman, the organization’s director. ‘We want to be able to give healthy food out to the families, so this partnership is an amazing blessing for us.'”
Video: WVCF Garden
Check out the video below from One News Page. It goes more in-depth about the Indiana prison at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.
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