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Elise Kooistra-Sullivan and Arleen Sheppard of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.
Elise Kooistra-Sullivan and Arleen Sheppard of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.
Elise Kooistra-Sullivan and Arleen Sheppard of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.
Elise Kooistra-Sullivan and Arleen Sheppard of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.
Volunteering & Giving
December 1, 2016

Giving garden yields rich harvest for the hungry

A community “giving garden” on the Wells Fargo campus in West Des Moines, Iowa, yielded more than 1,600 pounds of fresh produce for area food banks in 2016.

“Our pantry visitors always love being able to receive fresh vegetables for their families,” said Rev. Sarai Schnucker Rice.

Rice is keenly aware of the needs of families battling poverty in America’s heartland. As executive director of the Des Moines Area Religious Council, she oversees a network of 12 food pantries, with support from Wells Fargo.

“This year, the DMARC Food Pantry Network distributed more fresh fruits and vegetables than any other time in our pantry network’s 40-year history, thanks in part to the efforts of Wells Fargo and all those who put their time and effort into the giving garden,” said Rice.

The Wells Fargo giving garden, as it’s called, produced more than 1,600 pounds of fresh beans, carrots, squash, and other vegetables in 2016 alone. And since its inception in 2015, everything it has yielded has been donated to DMARC.

“Area programs struggle to have enough food to meet our community’s needs,” said Sarabeth Anderson of Wells Fargo Community Affairs. “I’m so proud that, through this giving garden, Wells Fargo is able to have an impact on hunger and food instability in our community.”

Watch the 90-second video to see the garden and some of the volunteers who maintain it.

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