Three non-profits have come together to help the community by offering free vegetables every Wednesday between 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. or until the food runs out, right down from the old Roy’s Bar-B-Que on Fourth Street coming into Russellville.
Sheep Gate Feeding & Clothing, Good Samaritan and Concerned Citizens have been supplying the help and also sharing in the responsibility to go and get produce from Fairview in Todd County. This is part of the “Feeding Americans: From Farm to Table” program.
The market in Fairview donates vegetables every Wednesday for the non-profits to give away to those who haven’t got access to these types of foods for one reason or another. There are no income limits or necessary proof of income. You just come on down and get your fresh garden vegetables while they last.
Organizers accept donations, but they are not required. If someone wishes to give, all proceeds go to help pay for the gas to Fairview every week.
Rather than throw away what they don’t sell or allow it to rot, the farm auctions give it away. They used to take it to Elizabethtown and give it out in food orders, said Donna Forgey, one of the volunteers. But they found it was better to give it to the communities to give away.
This program will be going on all throughout the summer.
Volunteers say if there is anything left on Wednesday afternoons, they will carry it to the housing authority, homes on Johnson Street and to certain apartment complexes and give it away there. They do not want any of it to go to waste.