Evening in the Garden raises $4,000 for Food Bank of Delaware
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2:49 p.m., Aug. 20, 2009----All summer, the University of Delaware's Garden for the Community, a plot of land at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, has been supplying fresh produce to needy families through the Food Bank of Delaware. Last week, about 170 guests attended an event to both celebrate the project and provide additional support to the Food Bank.

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The Evening in the Garden, held Thursday, Aug. 13, raised $4,000 for the Food Bank. Those attending enjoyed garden-fresh food, fine wine and live entertainment by the band Dodging Cupid, as well as a guest lecture on the importance of community gardens, as they celebrated the bounty of the Garden for the Community. The evening included a raffle and a special appearance by Deborah Brenner, a 1988 UD graduate who is the founder and CEO of Women of the Vine Cellars.

Sponsors for the Evening in the Garden included Newark Natural Foods, Fifer Orchards, Paradocx Vineyard, Village Imports, Stone Balloon Winehouse, Bike Line, Clothes in the Past Lane, the Deer Park Tavern and M. Fierro & Sons. The event was catered by the Food Bank's Culinary School and its chef.

On May 15, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources began the Garden for the Community as part of the Delaware Does More campaign, a statewide initiative started by the Food Bank and United Way to provide struggling Delawareans with food, shelter and utilities. Volunteers-students, faculty and staff members from throughout the UD campus as well as the larger community-have planted, tended and harvested the 15,000-square-foot plot, donating vegetables, herbs and fruit to the Food Bank.

The Community Garden is a partnership of the college, the Master Gardeners program, the state Department of Agriculture and others in the community.

More than 90,000 Delawareans, almost half of them children, turn to emergency food assistance each year. With the economic downturn, the Food Bank's network of hunger-relief partners report a 30 percent increase in demand.

Article by Ann Manser