One exciting way that CRRL brings people together is through our vegetable gardens, food collections, and involvement in summer feeding programs. But we also have classes, databases, and books for green thumbs (current or aspiring) as well. Here are some ways that gardens are growing at the library. In 2017, there was...
-3649 pounds of food donated by the library to local food banks and pantries from our gardens and food collections. The Howell and Porter branches collect non-perishable food year-around for the Stafford Emergency Relief through Volunteer Efforts (S.E.R.V.E)
-1920 pounds of food collected during Food For Fines. The library collected canned food in October to celebrate Teen Read Week. These cans were used to create CRRL's CANstruction entry and then donated to local food banks and pantries.
-554 pounds of produce donated from library gardens. During the spring, summer, and fall our gardens grow fresh produce that is donated to local food banks and pantries. Gardens at Porter, Salem Church, and Howell branches are tended by library staff and volunteers and grow a wide variety of fresh vegetables and greens. You can read more about these initiatives here.
-1175 pounds of food donated through branch collections.
-19,960 Nutritious Meals provided for children at our libraries during the summer in partnership with local organizations. Since 2016, Fredericksburg, Howell, and Salem Church branches have served nutritious meals to children and teens during the summer through partnerships with the Mobile Cafe of the Fredericksburg City Schools, Heartwood Center, and the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank. The library provided literacy and enrichment activities for children during the meal distribution to help keep reading and learning skills sharp during the summer.