Metro Catholic Outreach (MCO) is a Cedar Rapids–area nonprofit that provides groceries to about 400 local families each month. Like most food pantries, they realized they were supplying their families with lots of canned and boxed goods, but very few fresh, healthy foods. In 2014, they began partnering with Prairiewoods to cultivate the vegetable garden at Prairiewoods, which we call Green Prairie Garden.

Through this partnership, Prairiewoods gets tons of volunteer help tending the garden, MCO is able to nourish a huge plot of land and the families who rely on MCO for some of their food get veggies straight from a local garden. It’s a match made in heaven!

Next time you’re at Prairiewoods, you’re invited to wander through the giant Green Prairie Garden, sampling the fresh produce as you go. Perhaps you can also say a little prayer for those who are nourished by the garden and for those at MCO who so graciously tend it!

—Andi Lewis, Prairiewoods marketing coordinator

Posted Sept. 26, 2017