A pastor is giving up his stimulus money to help fight food insecurity right in his own backyard. St. John's Episcopal Church Rev. John T. Beach broke ground last Saturday (April 24) on a community garden where harvested food will go toward fresh vegetables for the Saugus Food Pantry and needy. Only a few planters are from the church, according to Beach.
The age category ranges from young adults to seniors. On Saturday, approximately 25 volunteers began the groundwork by cultivating soil, removing grass and planting vegetables in the backyard of 276 Central St. - the St. John's Episcopal Church rectory where Rev. Beach lives.
"It will be harvested this fall," Beach said. "I hope it will be an inspiration for others, including elementary school students who are planting seeds in their classrooms."