East Texas Food Bank Garden Expands
A Partnership with Smith County Sheriff’s Office and Smith County Agricultural Extension Office and the East Texas Food Bank
(Tyler, Texas) November 1, 2013 – Smith County Sheriff’s Office, Smith County Agricultural Extension Office and the East Texas Food Bank will be expanding their garden. In 2010, they came together to work approximately four acres of land which has produced more than 200,000 pounds of fresh high-quality produce. Now, thanks to the generosity of Flint Baptist Church, the garden project will double to nearly ten acres of land.
“God has truly blessed our church! In 2010, we were able to purchase over sixteen acres connected to our existing property. This allowed us to address our immediate growth needs and left a large portion of land for our future growth. We were approached by one of our community missions minded members with an idea to partner with the East Texas Food Bank by providing land for a garden. Our leadership got behind it and after working out the details, we are very blessed to allow the East Texas Food Bank to use over five acres to provide quality fresh produce to East Texans in need,” said Billy Johnson, Worship Pastor/Facilities Manager with Flint Baptist Church.
The East Texas Food Bank, Smith County Sheriff’s Office, Smith County Agricultural Extension Office and Flint Baptist Church will break ground on the new garden site, 11131 FM 2868 in Flint, on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 10:00 am.
“Flint Baptist Church has provided more than five acres of land that we hope will allow garden production to double when combined with our current location, which is a four acre site in Southern Smith County. The Smith County Sheriff's Office is proud to have them as a new partner in this ongoing community effort to feed hungry families,” said Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith.
“We have been so blessed with the remarkable success that we’ve enjoyed with our garden program. Thanks to the generosity of the leadership and congregation of Flint Baptist Church our gardens will continue to flourish and provide even more highly-nutritious fresh produce to our hungry neighbors in East Texas,” said Dennis Cullinane, Executive Director of the East Texas Food Bank.