North Suburban Mennonite Church | Libertyville, Illinois
North Suburban Mennonite Church | Libertyville, Illinois
North Suburban Mennonite Church | Libertyville, Illinois
Zach and Nate load produce for delivery to area food pantries
Zach and Nate load produce for delivery to area food pantries

Ten Thousand Gardens

From a conversation at a men's breakfast and an adult Sunday school series on sustainable living, people at NSMC have been led to find a way to be involved in ministering in Jesus' name feeding those who in need right here in Lake County.

The idea that formed was this: what if at the beginning of the season we invite people in our church and those growing vegetables in community gardens to think about donating the surplus or a portion of their garden produce throughout the season to North Suburban Mennonite Church so that we could distribute it to the Northern Illinois Food Bank and/or local food pantries.

What a simple idea, what an easy idea, what an easy way of increasing the amount of produce that could nourish families in need. Though this might not yield much at first, a pattern would be established that could eventually grow to include residents from all over Lake County—ten thousand gardens—all donating surplus produce to provide food for those in need.

What a simple idea, what an easy idea, what an easy way of increasing the amount of produce that could nourish families in need.
 
—Roland Kuhl, pastor