Thursday, February 3, 2011

Baton Rouge Food Bank Benefited by Local Scouts

In Louisiana, the Gonzales Weekly Citizen reports that Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts from the surrounding three-parish area joined forces recently to harvest almost 3,000 pounds of fresh turnips and mustard greens from the grounds of Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The produce was donated them to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank Saturday afternoon.

Ascension Parish Recreation employee Richard Gautreaux said the vegetable harvesting tradition began last year when a local master gardener planted an abundance of vegetables on the grounds which led to the donation of the crops to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Gautreaux approached Parish President Tommy Martinez with the idea of donating the harvested vegetables and received his full support. Michael Manning, president and CEO with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, said the scouts gathered 2,990 pounds of vegetables which equates to approximately 2,300 meals.