2013-10-15 / Front Page

Putnamville Correctional Facility Gives Vegetables To Food Pantry


Pictured, left to right, are Betty McBride, Michael Rains, Judy Miller, Barbara Auman and Brenda Gullett. (Courtesy Photo) Pictured, left to right, are Betty McBride, Michael Rains, Judy Miller, Barbara Auman and Brenda Gullett. (Courtesy Photo) Brenda Gullett, vocational horticulture instructor, and 20 offenders assigned to the horticulture program at the Putnamville Correctional Facility, harvested 2,845 pounds of vegetables for donation to the Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry in Greencastle, IN.

Containers of cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, green beans, onions, cabbage, zucchini, and a variety of peppers were delivered to the food pantry by Assistant Superintendent Michael Rains and Putnamville’s Education Site Manager Barbara Auman.

“We got a late start, but, the guys did a great job! They tilled, planted, pulled weeds, hauled water, and chased critters away from the garden. Many remarked that they had been in the same position (in need of food) and were glad to be able to contribute something to people in the community needing food, too.”

Another 400 pounds will be delivered within the next week, and by summer’s end, the egg plants, tomatillos, pumpkins, cantaloupe, and butternut squash will be ready for harvest and delivery.

When presented with the delivery totals, Superintendent Stanley Knight thanked staff for their hard work stating, “I am very grateful for everyone’s effort in making this garden such a success. While the numbers are impressive, the real satisfaction comes from knowing we are helping a lot of folks eat who might otherwise have to do without.”

Putnamville’s education and vocational programs are contracted through Oakland City University.

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