The Junior League of Collin County Grows Fresh Produce to Feed the Hungry

Junior Leagues have been focused on health and nutrition issues for decades. In fact, The Junior League of Brooklyn’s pioneering work 100 years ago on promoting free school lunches in New York City ultimately led to the National School Lunch Program in the 1940s. In that spirit, The Junior League of Collin County, working with the City of Plano, created a community garden on land donated by the North Texas Municipal Water District that donates the bulk of its harvest to the hungry. In addition to the obvious benefit of providing fresh, healthy produce to those who need it most, the Plano Community Garden promotes voluntarism in the community and presents educational opportunities for local schools and children’s organizations. And the garden is 100 percent organic, designed to be self-sustaining and environmentally friendly!

Community partners
● The City of Plano
● The North Texas Municipal Water District
● Local food pantries

How it works
JLCC members built the garden from the ground up, including the construction of the raised gardens and sheds. Members are also deeply involved in running the garden, developing public relations programs, coordinating harvests with the local food pantry, and supervising the garden’s maintenance. An important element in the success of the garden is an “Adopt-a-Plot” program that ensures that members of Plano community can also contribute to the reduction of hunger in Collin County.

What’s the impact?
The garden’s benefits include promoting volunteerism in the community, presenting educational opportunities for local schools and children’s organizations, and providing healthy food for the community’s hungry.