Mercer Food Bank to Celebrate Opening of Community Garden

SHARON, Pa. – Mercer County Food Bank will celebrate the opening of its community garden, located at 80 4th Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The community is invited to the celebration, which will include hotdogs, chips and cookies donated by Shenango Valley Meats, D’Onofrio’s Food Center and DiLorenzo’s Specialty Bakery; face painting provided by the Buhl Club; games provided by Baughman Family Community Center; story time provided by Community Library of the Shenango Valley; booklets provided by Kiwanis Club of the Shenango Valley; and other activities provided by Red Pines Service Unit Girl Scouts. 

The Veggie Beatz music wall, constructed by Girl Scout Troops 16365 and 27314, is a new addition to the community garden this year.

The food bank acquired the community garden lot in 2021 through the Lots to Love Program, a partnership between the city of Sharon and Community Action Partnership of Mercer County. 

The garden features eight separate beds containing various fruits and vegetables, including peppers, raspberries, tomatoes, lettuce and more. Plants were donated by Girl Scout Troop 27312. 

“Fresh fruits and vegetables are often cost prohibitive for those living on a fixed and/or low-income,” said Rebecca Page, executive director of the Mercer County Food Bank. “The community garden provides an additional avenue of distribution of these vital fresh foods to our food-insecure neighbors.”

Pictured at top: Image via Facebook | Mercer County Food Bank.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.