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Akron School Grows Produce for St. Paul's Community Meal

UPublish story by Amy Hecky

Spring Garden Waldorf Third Grader, Nora Vesely, is proud of her potato harvest which will go to St. Paul's Episcopal Church for their Wednesday community meal.

Spring Garden Waldorf School and St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Akron, have joined forces to feed West Akron on Wednesdays.

Produce grown and harvested by students and their families at Spring Garden school is donated to St. Paul’s community meal – a free sit down dinner where all are welcome for food and fellowship.

Spring Garden was able to donate 50 pounds of potatoes the children recently harvested for the fall meals.

Suzanne Smaltz, volunteer at St. Paul Episcopal Church says, "The longer we host the dinners the more stories we hear; the needs of our local community are many and varied.

One young woman was excited that it was a true community dinner and she didn’t feel as if she were accepting a handout. Another guest who attends regularly was absent for a few weeks, and one of her friends let our clergy know that the woman had been ill in the hospital. She had visits not only from the clergy, but from some of the members of St. Paul's. We are happy that she has been able to return to our community meals.”

Director of Admissions at Spring Garden, Amy Hecky, is honored her school’s children have an opportunity to give back to the community. “We let the children know that their hard work is going to very good use. This helps them take pride in what they do in our gardening program, in addition to learning where their food comes from and spending time tending to nature.”

For additional information about the collaboration, please contact Amy Hecky or Suzanne Smaltz

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