Have you helped a food pantry lately?

Land around an Illinois clean-water plant yields 900 pounds of food for donation

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We often see firefighters involved in charity events. Why not clean-water operators? Here’s an activity many clean-water plant could replicate.

The Northwest Herald newspaper in Crystal Lake, Ill., reports that the nearby village of Algonquin harvested 900 pounds of vegetables grown on land at the wastewater treatment plant and donated the produce to the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry. 

This was the second year the village raised food for the pantry. Volunteers from the village and the pantry tend the garden. The paper quoted John Schmitt, village president: “This partnership is a real win for the community. We are able to utilize idle land at one of our facilities to grow vegetables and help the food pantry carry out their mission.”

So far, the paper reports, the local pantry has received a total of nearly 2,000 pounds of vegetables – worth $3,000 – grown at Algonquin plant. Getting visibly involved in charity endeavors is a great way to further the aims of The Fire Chief Project:
· Raise clean-water operators to the status of the fire chief.
· Make kids grow up wanting to be clean-water operators.

Do you have land to spare at your facility? Could some of it support crops for people in need? Let me know if you follow up on this suggestion or if you have already done something similar. Send a note to editor@tpomag.com.


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