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Turnips a Hit with Children at "Turnip Tasting"

Generous Donation Tickles Taste Buds

February 27, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY - Thanks to a generous donation from the community garden at the Draper Lake Christian Church, local children tantalized their taste buds with turnips.  Nearly 80 pounds of turnips and 48 pounds of green onions were washed, sorted, and bagged by volunteers of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Urban Harvest Program and were taken to the Community Youth Outreach in Oklahoma City. 

The donation, organized by the church’s Garden Coordinator Reed Downey, helped Urban Harvest hold a “Turnip Tasting” to educate children about the nutritious veggies.  At the event, each child tasted the raw turnips and organizers were surprised to hear ‘More please!’ as the children asked for seconds and even thirds! The kindergarten through sixth grade students were eager to receive the extra helpings and, for several of the children, this was their first experience tasting the vitamin-c rich vegetable. At the end of the event, each child was sent home with a bag of turnips and two bunches of green onions to share with their families.

Downey was elated to hear the children’s response to the vegetables and is proud of the church’s relationship with the Regional Food Bank and the Urban Harvest program. The Draper Park Christian Church community garden is looking forward to being able to provide fresh fruit in addition to more vegetables to the Regional Food Bank and its partners with the addition of an orchard to their half-acre garden.

The Regional Food Bank and its partner agencies, like Community Youth Outreach and the Draper Lake Christian Church, strive to provide nutritious food and education to children around the state. Generous donations and events like turnip tastings provide children with the experiences, and the taste buds, to fight hunger and malnutrition in the state.

Urban Harvest is a sustainable gardening program of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The four central goals of the program are agricultural education, fresh food production, community outreach and ecological conservation.

For more information about Urban Harvest or to schedule a tour of the gardens contact Mason Weaver at 405.600.3142 or mweaver@regionalfoodbank.org.

Photo: A student enjoys tasting turnips.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a private, 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that acts as a link through which the food industry and community may donate food and other goods. The products are then distributed to nearly 825 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In fiscal year 2011, the Food Bank distributed 46.2 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Food Bank has distributed more than 430 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

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