Ministry breaks ground on community garden

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Johnny Jackson


Officials with 4 Rivers Ministry International, Inc., a non-profit entity, have announced the ground-breaking for a community garden.

Volunteers with the Stockbridge-based organization are collaborating with Youth Media Minds America, a Decatur-based, multi-media school for youths. The two non-profit groups are joining forces in the ministry's "Stand To Get Fit" campaign, according to Allyson Lewis, the executive director of Feed My People Food Pantry and Thrift Store, which is a program of the non-profit 4 Rivers Ministry International, Inc.

Lewis said the "Stand To Get Fit" campaign, launched in late 2010, incorporates wellness, and health and fitness programs, to combat obesity. The organization's latest efforts include its community gardens project, she said.

Volunteers plan to break ground the morning of March 2, on about a quarter of an acre lot, behind Tabernacle of Praise Church International, at 96 South Zack Hinton Parkway in McDonough.

Lewis said 4 Rivers Ministry International, Inc., is in the process of developing a partnership with the church, led by Pastor T.J. McBride and his wife Shunnae.

"We're going to open up a satellite location at the Tabernacle of Praise as well," said Lewis.

The executive director noted that later in the evening of March 2, between 5 p.m., and 7 p.m., the organization will hand out fresh produce, whole wheat bread, bottled water, and some children's clothing to the church's needy.

"We want even the working poor at the church to be able to get the items," she said.

The 4 Rivers Ministry International, Inc., also is asking residents to donate garden tools for volunteers to work in the community garden.

"We will continue to need these tools beyond the ground-breaking, because we plan to plant four additional gardens this year," said Rosalind Bishop, the programs developer with 4 Rivers Ministry International. "So, please, feel free to continue donating," she added.

Bishop said the organization is in need of garden hoes, post-hole diggers, pruners, trimmers, rakes, shears, shovels, and gloves.

Donations may be made to Feed My People, located at 6045 North Henry Blvd., Suite C, in Stockbridge, between the hours of 9:30 a.m., and 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Donors are also encouraged to donate canned, and non-perishable food items at the food pantry, and thrift store location. For large donations, call (678) 565-7800.

To learn more, visit the Feed My People web site at www.feedmypeoplega.org.