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We’re Loving The Growing Season

Awash In The Bounty Of Generous Neighbors

By Sierra Fleenor

Executive Director, GPHC

The Girl Scouts of Troop 67602, making garden signs. Photo by Francine Mugge

Our food pantry garden is starting to produce, the farm stand is set up out front, and we’re loving the start of the growing season here at Greater Park Hill Community, Inc.

If you haven’t gotten your garden started and you’re feeling a little behind, join us for our Late to the Party: What You Can Still Grow in Your Garden workshop on June 20 at 6:30 p.m. We’ll be handing out seedlings (first come, first served) and talking about what you can do to get your garden going later in the season.

We’d like to thank all our volunteers and donors who have helped us in the garden and with our food programs. Thank you for providing food, garden supplies, and funds to GPHC’s operations. Thank you for sorting and stocking food. Thank you for cleaning and sorting vegetables. Thank you for getting dirty in the garden and harvesting the goodness you’ve helped grow. You make Greater Park Hill the incredible neighborhood and community it is. Your efforts at GPHC help provide healthy nutrition to neighbors in need year ‘round.

This month, we’d particularly like to thank the Girl Scouts of Troop 67602 for their volunteerism and their donations. These amazing kiddos from central Denver, Stapleton, and Greater Park Hill collected seeds for our Garden-in-a-Box program. In addition to the packets of cucumber, pea, green bean, squash and flower seeds, the Girl Scouts created signs for our gardeners so they would know what was planted. Troop 67602 have made a wonderful difference in our community and helped our neighbors grow their own food.

Additionally, we’d like to thank all of the sponsors of our Garden-in-a-Box program, including Ace on the Fax, City Floral, GrowHaus, the Urban Farm at Stapleton, and Councilman Christopher J. Herndon.

Thank you also to the Park Hill Elementary students of Ms. Boyer and Ms. Peterson’s first grade classes. These budding entrepreneurs created cards for Valentine’s Day, sold the cards, and donated all the funds raised to our food pantry during a recent visit to our office. Their funds will help us provide our clients with can openers, spatulas, ladles, and other items that are critical to preparing food, but that are also often difficult for our clients to secure.

Join us at our free farm stand every Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting this month and going through October. The farm stand will be set up out front of GPHC’s office at 2823 Fairfax St. (unless there’s rain, then we’ll be inside). We welcome you to bring garden goodies to donate, to pick up some vegetables, fruit, and bread for your family, or to do both. This program has grown into a weekly celebration of bounty, community, and sharing. We hope you’ll join us.

Each month we publish a list of our needs for our food programs for those of you who like to make donations. For June, our food pantry needs cans of peaches, pears, mixed fruit, applesauce any other variety of canned fruit. Canned meats are another popular item. We especially need tuna, chunk chicken, Vienna sausages, and spam. Our clients have also requested rice, dehydrated mashed potatoes, hearty soups, pasta and rice sides, and ramen. We cannot distribute expired items, so please check your items before making a donation.

Donations of fresh or frozen meat, dairy, bread, vegetables, and fruit are always appreciated. Keep this in mind when you’re gardening this summer. If you grow more than your family can consume, please consider donating your fresh items to our food pantry and farm stand.

We also distribute hygiene products through our pantry and we currently need travel and full-sized lotion, bars of soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and mouthwash. Clients have also requested laundry detergent (in smaller containers) and dish soap.

In addition, we accept financial donations for our food pantry and weekend food programs, as well as other programs we offer. If you’d like to make a donation, or want more information about how to get involved as a volunteer, visit our website at greaterparkhill.org or call us at 303-388-0918.

We accept food donations for our programs at a few locations, including at GPHC’s office (2823 Fairfax St.) Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We also accept donations of non-perishable items at the Park Hill Branch Library and Cake Crumbs during their regular business hours.

Volunteers

Janey Alpert

Jason Barth

Barb Cavender

Claudia Fields

Harold Fields

Tas Frashure

Maria Goodwin

Adrienne Hill

Noni Horwitz

Erika Hutyra

Rod Leman

Debra Lovell

Chuck Nelson

Mike Quigley

Peggy Roberts

Mary Salsich

Tammi Scroggins

Heather Shulman

Suzanne Standley

Shane Sutherland

Sue Weinstein

Jeannie Willis

Donors

Aaron Crouts

Sherral Daniel

Anne Eskra

Carolina Gibson

Vicky Lambo

Anne McLaughlin

Harriet Mullaney

Paola Ramírez

Karen Timmons

AJ Wellington

AARP Queen City Chapter #995

Ace on the Fax

Blessed Sacrament

Cake Crumbs and Patrons

City Floral

Councilman Christopher J. Herndon’s office

Cure D’ Ars

Daisy Troop 67602

Denver Food Rescue

Food Bank of the Rockies/9 News Cares

GrowHaus

Messiah  Community Church

Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church

Park Hill Community Garden

Park Hill Congregational Church

Park Hill Library and Patrons

Park Hill United Methodist Church

Re/Max Cherry Creek

St Paul Lutheran Church

St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Temple Micah

The Urban Farm at Stapleton

Whole Hearted Mobile Vet


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