Garden grants to be offered starting April 1

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Roane County Cooperative Ministries will again offer Self-Help Garden Grants beginning April 1.

These grants of up to $25 per family are offered to low -income residents of Roane County.  Grants are intended to cover the cost of seeds, plants and one bag of fertilizer to encourage recipients to plant small home gardens to help feed their families.

Over the years, the garden grants have been funded by various sources and individuals and by grants from the Hunger Committee of the East Tennessee Presbytery.  

The Garden Grants are administered by the Ministries, a 15-member cooperative of churches in the Kingston and Harriman areas. The cooperative operates from an office provided by Redeemer Lutheran Church, Harriman.

The grants may be redeemed at Browder’s Ace Hardware in Kingston or at Valley Farmers Co-op in Midtown.

Grant applications will be taken at the cooperative office during office hours, from 9 a.m. to noon each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Those who qualify for food stamps, free school lunches or fall within the definition of “low income” are eligible to apply.

Applicants must have access to a place to cultivate a garden.

Roane County Cooperative Ministries, a United Way agency, also offers vouchers to assist low-income families with rent and utilities.

Call 376-4779 during office hours for details about the grants or other assistance.