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.
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%