Second Harvest Food Bank Announces Grand Re-Opening of Lott’s Community Garden with Funding from Bank of America
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried to Attend Ribbon Cutting
Tallahassee, FL –With support from Bank of America totaling $30,000 over a three-year period, Second Harvest of the Big Bend food bank’s long-term partner, Lott’s Community Garden, will re-open on Sept. 8, 2021. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried will join Second Harvest and representatives from Bank of America for a ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for 10 a.m.
What: Lott’s Community Garden Grand Re-Opening
When: Wednesday, Sept. 8, 10:00 AM
Where: Lott’s Community Garden, 39 Lott Road, Monticello, FL 32344
“Bank of America is proud to partner with Second Harvest of the Big Bend to expand the Lott’s Community Garden Program. Lott’s Garden has provided nutritious food to our neighbors in need for some time. Expanding that program with a new educational component will inform people about where our food comes from, how it’s grown, and how it benefits healthy bodies. It’s another critical step in battling hunger in our community,” said David Y. Hulse Jr., Bank of America Market President.
Lott’s Community Garden first partnered with Second Harvest food bank in 2012, annually growing a rotation of nutritious produce including greens and potatoes that are planted, maintained and harvested by Second Harvest and Lott’s Community garden volunteers. Produce is brought back to the Second Harvest warehouse at the peak of freshness, and made available to food bank partners to distribute across the Big Bend.
During the past nine years, Lott’s Community Garden has donated more than 104,905 pounds of fresh produce to Second Harvest. This would not be possible without the generous support of Edwin Lott and the Lott family, who have donated use of 11 acres of their land near Monticello.
“We are thrilled that with this generous support from Bank of America, we can continue our long-term collaboration with Lott’s Community Garden, and we are excited for this program to expand to include not only more quantities of fresh produce for the food bank, but also new community education opportunities,” said Second Harvest CEO, Monique Van Pelt.