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Letter: Thank you, 'I Grow Lemont'

To the Editor:

On behalf of Lemont Township and the Lemont Food Pantries, I would like to thank “I Grow Lemont” sincerely for assisting households here in Lemont Township that are struggling to live at or below the local poverty level. You have assisted in so many ways with what you have put on the tables in these homes. Your vision, the product of your work and your compassion has produced fresh, healthy eating for homes that otherwise have passed on purchasing nutritious options because of the cost.

To supply fresh vegetables via donations to the food pantries, distribution through events hosted for low-income households, or allowing myself to hand deliver fresh veggies to individual’s homes is a gift that has been received with much gratitude and appreciation.

To use the profit of your sales at the Lemont Farmers Market for purchase of $25 Aldi gift certificates has been a contribution to our most strapped homes that has elicited smiles and exclamations of “Thanks so much!” from every recipient.

Each person who has received either produce or a gift certificate is aware of the wonderful work and generosity of the founders and visionaries of the I Grow Lemont community garden.

I Grow Lemont is known and appreciated in homes that take no act of kindness, no matter how small – even the gift of a tomato or a Ziploc bag of basil – as less than an amazing act of kindness.

Thank you for what you have offered to so many in your inaugural year. I look forward to partnering with you for many years to come to help spread the cornucopia of your most remarkable garden to those in need in our community who are most grateful to receive the gift of healthier eating.

With sincere gratitude,

Terri O’Neill-Borders

Community Services, Lemont Township

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