Southwood Nursery to Bring 200 Pounds of Tomatoes to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

On Friday, July 13 at 12:30 p.m., Southwood Nursery will be making a giant-size donation to help those struggling with hunger during the summer months. A total of 200 pounds of specially-grown heirloom tomatoes and several varieties of peppers will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma where Iron Gate will be on hand at the Food Bank to immediately receive this donation.

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and its other 450 Partner Programs have been experiencing an increased need during the summer months. Iron Gate, a Partner Program of the Food Bank, is reporting a 22% jump in demand for the month of June in just its grocery distribution program. In May, Iron Gate assisted 785 families and 1,636 individuals with 511 of those children under 17  compared to June’s record-high total of assisting 1,005 families and over 2,087 total individuals with 787 of those children under 17 through its grocery distribution program.

Southwood Nursery and the OSU Extension office have been working since the spring to cultivate 12 heirloom tomato varieties through a joint observational trial program.  The 12 variety of heirloom tomatoes include the following: Arkansas Traveler, Azoychka, Black From Tulsa, Brandywine, Bradywine Off the Vine, Cherokee Purple, Mexico, Pineapple, Sioux, Valencia, Virginia Sweets, White Queen.

Iron Gate, located at Trinity Episcopal Church at 501 South Cincinnati Avenue, operates a grocery distribution program Friday and Saturday mornings where those in need can receive a grocery sack of much-needed food, as well as a soup kitchen which is open seven days a week 8:30-10:30am. Any of the tomatoes and peppers remaining after this weekend’s grocery distribution, will be added to next week’s scheduled menu which will include a Taco Bake and Chicken Tetrazzini.

Interviews and footage of the Southwood Nursery donation and pick-up by Iron Gate will be available from 12:30 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 13 at the agency receiving dock at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

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