MATTHEWS, N.C.— They call it The Garden of Feedin’. And the name is perfect.
While the garden at Matthews United Methodist Church may not look different than a back yard garden, it’s purpose is unique. The congregation is growing vegetables to feed the poor on land that at one time sat idle.
“The spinach was fabulous. We took a big bag to the Matthews Help Center,” said Lois West as she showed off the garden to NBC Charlotte.
West and Youth Director Brent Boyd are leading members as they work together to harvest vegetables for Matthews residents.
“It’s rewarding because I love to garden and so it’s something I love and to realize that it’s helping people is a good feeling,” she said.
The ministry is also a teaching tool for kids at the church who work weekly to plant and harvest. Other members prepare the vegetables and package them so they can be distributed.
While the church isn’t sure exactly how many people they’ve helped, West has a bigger vision. She is currently reaching out to other churches to share her ideas on helping one another.
“Every time I drive and see land, I say, ‘Why not put a garden there? Just think how many people we could feed if you had a garden there.’”