Carolina Farm Credit’s Corporate Mission Fund has provided a $5,000 grant award to Pfeiffer University’s Hunger Relief Garden. The grant was provided in person by Andrea Griffin, a 1990 Pfeiffer graduate and loan officer with Carolina Farm Credit.
The grant will assist with outfitting the garden to be more handicapped accessible to support older adults and individuals with disabilities who work alongside Pfeiffer students to combat hunger in our communities. Currently, the Hunger Relief Garden has 23 garden beds and three hydroponic towers. Seedlings used in the garden are grown in the Pfeiffer greenhouse.
To date, over 500 pounds of food have been harvested this season in the garden, with a goal of doubling that number for the upcoming year. Produce from the Hunger Relief Garden is currently being provided to food banks in Rowan and Stanly counties, with deliveries slated to begin in Montgomery and Union counties in the near future.
The Hunger Relief Garden is maintained by the Pfeiffer University Francis Center for Servant Leadership and Faith Formation. Over 450 volunteers have served in the garden since January of 2017.
(Pictured from left to right, Ron Laffitte, Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Development, Pfeiffer University; Michael Almond, Regional Manager, Carolina Farm Credit; Andrea Griffin '90, Loan Officer, Carolina Farm Credit; Jody Smith, Commercial AG Loan Officer, Carolina Farm Credit; Kelly Misiak, Director of the Francis Center for Servant Leadership and Faith Formation, Pfeiffer University; Dr. Colleen Keith, President, Pfeiffer University and Sandra Jimenez '17, AmeriCorp intern.)