Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry kicks off Garden of Hope Program

Published 9:00 pm Friday, April 7, 2017

Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry (Outreach) kicked off the Garden of Hope Program on Thursday, March 30. This year’s Garden of Hope will feature vegetables, fruits and flowers all grown in Outreach’s garden to be distributed to clients via our client choice food pantry. 

Green Blades Garden Club generously donated 189 vegetable seed packets for this year’s Garden of Hope program. Pictured are Rita Nichols, Green Blades co-president, with Michelle Reedy, Outreach’s client services manager. (photo submitted by Margot Carter)

In addition to the garden, Michelle Reedy, Outreach’s client services manager, has many informative classes and programs planned throughout late spring and summer, to complement the garden. All are welcome. These programs are open to the public. Call Outreach at 828-894-2988 and ask for Michelle to reserve your spot. 

Thursday, April 27, 5 p.m.: Soap Making Class at Outreach

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Tuesday, May 16, 5 p.m.: Breakfast Casserole Cooking Class at 4H Center Kitchen

Thursday, June 22, 5 p.m.: Mason Jar Salad Cooking Class at Outreach

Friday, July 14, noon: Crockpot Cooking Class and Ice Cream Social at Outreach

Thursday, July 27, 5 p.m.: Candle Making Class at Outreach

Friday, August 11, 5:30 p.m.: Harvest Dinner at Harmon Field Cabin

Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has served Polk County residents for 25 years. The organization’s mission is to provide compassionate assistance to Polk County residents who are unable to provide for their basic life needs. For more information on Outreach, please visit or call 828-894-2988.

– article submitted by Margot Carter