Employees at Cargill pack fresh food into boxes on Wednesday that will be distributed to area shelters and food banks in Lebanon County. Partnering with Gemma's Angels, Cargill has started a fresh food garden that will produce fresh food to be given to those in need.
Gemma's Angels of Hershey and Cargill Animal Nutrition of Lebanon have joined forces to increase the availability of fresh produce for the poor and homeless in Lebanon County.
Gemma's Angels, a nonprofit group based in Hershey, purchases produce from local farmers and collects fresh produce from local donor gardeners. The produce is distributed free of charge to soup kitchens, shelters and food banks in Dauphin and Lebanon Counties. Cargill Animal Nutrition operates a large animal nutrition facility on North 16th Street in Lebanon.
Cargill, Gemma's Angels newest corporate partner, has planted a "Cargill Caring Garden" at its Lebanon plant. Employees will tend the garden and harvest the produce, which will go directly into Gemma's Angels' distribution system, focusing on agencies in Lebanon County.
"Building this garden is part of our corporate commitment to being responsible global and local citizens," said Gene Coy, plant general manager. "Our goal is to serve as a model for other business and community groups to build their own Caring Gardens," he added.