Garden Distribution | Kent State University

The Campus & Community Garden allows students to help combat food insecurity on campus and in the community.

2015 statistics calculate Stark County's population as roughly 374,979 people. Of this population, 14.9% are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Food insecurity affects 55,880 people in Stark County alone. Of this amount, 31% of these people are ineligible for food related help (either from SNAP or WIC) and rely completely on charity to get their next meal.


2017 GARDEN PRODUCE

The Campus & Community Garden produces a wide variety of fresh vegetables. Produce grown in 2017 included:

  • Tomatoes: 316.3 oz or 42%
  • Cucumbers: 107.9 oz or 14%
  • Eggplants: 105.8 oz. or 14%
  • Carrots: 50.7 oz. or 7%
  • Squash: 39.5 oz. or 5%
  • Radishes: 33.2 oz. or 4%
  • Beans: 32.2 oz. or 4%
  • Bell Peppers: 18 oz. or 3%
  • Onions: 24.7 oz. or 3%
  • Banana Peppers: 17.3 oz. or 2%
  • Brussel Sprouts: 16.7 oz. or 2%

​The garden's total yield for 2017 was 762.3 oz. or 47.6 lbs. of food.


Garden Distribution

The vegetables produced by the Campus & Community Garden are distributed to different areas giving the community access to the various fresh produce grown. Produce was distributed to:

  • Interfaith Campus Preschool: 40%
  • Flash's Food Pantry: 38%
  • Meals on Wheels: 10%
  • Other: 12%

​88% of the garden's produce is distributed to Flash's Food Pantry, Interfaith Campus Preschool and Meals on Wheels.