Partnership Between University of Missouri Master Gardeners and Food Pantries Reap Rewards

It’s National Nutrition Month and University of Missouri Extension Master Gardeners are partnering with local food pantries to increase access to healthy foods.

In their local county, more than 15% of the population is food insecure, and nearly another 10% experience hunger at times. And with high food insecurity rates come diet-related health conditions such as obesity, hypertension, and high cholesterol.

The partnership with the Master Gardeners provides opportunities for food pantry recipients to plant community garden plots with tools, supplies, and support from the experts themselves. The local gardens will help neighborhoods fight against health problems and build stronger communities.

The community garden is just one aspect of the community food system – read about the other benefits here.

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