Metro Church Serving Others By Giving Away Free Produce
NORMAN, Oklahoma - When Pastor Dustin Sells isn't preparing a sermon for Sunday, he's out in the garden.
Sells and more than a dozen volunteers at Generations Church take care of the plants growing there, just so they can give them away.
“We've got green beans. We've got bell peppers. We've got banana peppers. We've got lots and lots of tomatoes,” Sells said.
It's still early in the season, but this summer the garden's boxes will overflow with all kinds of fruits and veggies. The harvest will give those in the area a healthy option.
“That's the goal is to get good nutrition to people because hunger is not OK and we're not going to allow that to happen in our neighborhood,” Sells added.
Last year the garden was half its size and they still were able to give away 700 pounds of food to some who couldn't believe it was free.
“Our rule is you can only take as much as you want,” Sells chuckled.
The previous year's yield was enough to help at least 30 families go home with watermelon, cucumbers, squash and other produce that can be pricey anywhere else.
“We're here just to help you and to lower your grocery bill and to give you a better week,” he said.
They hope to give away a ton of food this year, if they can grow it. No one at the church has a proper green thumb, Dustin said. But they all have the heart to help others.
Next year they hope to add a bee hive to the garden as well.
The free farmer's market will be set up west of the church off of Boyd Street in Norman at 8 a.m. on Saturdays through September.