DPC has a long history with the Community Pantry. Yearly mission trips have given church members the opportunity to work in the pantry and see first-hand their ministry of providing food to more than 2,300 households each month. Additional gifts from our church provided the resources necessary for a cistern in 2011 and ongoing support of its backpack food program since 2006, which ensures that school-age children will have food over each weekend. The Hope Garden is an ongoing aspect of the Community Pantry’s ministry which supplements the food given to families in need by providing fresh produce while also educating the public about health sustenance and enhancement. Through a partnership with the local soil and water conservation agency, the Community Pantry has built four hoop houses (heavy-duty greenhouses) in which produce is grown. Our contribution allowed for the Hope Garden plan to be completed through the construction of two additional hoop houses for vegetables and a berm to provide wind protection from winds that at times can reach 50 mph. It also included the purchase of fruit-producing trees, shrubs, and grasses, fill dirt and topsoil for areas inside the berm and hoop houses, irrigation equipment, Bobcat time, and project management for nine months to make the effort a reality. We completed this project in the fall of 2013.
To see pictures of the Hope Garden, see the photo album on DPC's Facebook page from our 2012 trip to the Community Pantry.