Charity harvest brings 3 tons of corn to food bank

URBANA — A charity harvest this summer yielded 3 tons of sweet corn for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

For the second year, Provena Covenant Medical Center and the food bank teamed up to provide fresh produce to hungry families from Provena's "Garden for Every Table" on the Bucher Farm in Savoy.

In July, volunteers harvested nearly 2 acres of sweetcorn from the farm, yielding more than 6,900 pounds. The corn is donated to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and then distributed to food pantries and soup kitchens serving the hungry.

The food is welcome during summer months, when families turn increasingly to food pantries and soup kitchens to make ends meet, officials said in a release. Children don't have access to school lunch programs during the summer, and families face added child-care expenses, they said.

The Provena garden also includes sweet potatoes, pie pumpkins, jack-o-lantern pumpkins, okra, potatoes and sunflowers. All produce will be donated to the food bank.

Located on Old Church Road, the garden resulted from a legacy gift to the hospital made through the estate of Dr. Clarence Bucher, who practiced at one of Provena's predecessor hospitals.

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