Record Amount of Produce Donated by Gardening Program

| November 21, 2012
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The Missouri Department of Corrections has increased the amount of produce they contribute to local food pantries.  Click to the hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Director George Lombardi:

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“We’ve been doing this for quite a number of years, but this year we really broke all records in the amount of food given to those folks,” said Lombardi,” It ends up that about 112 tons of produce has been given to pantries around the state.”

According to Lombardi, inmates participate in the program on a voluntary basis.  “I think our restorative justice efforts really do make a difference in the atmosphere and culture in our prisons” said Lombardi,” To give the people an opportunity to give back to some of the communities in the state is really a critical part of our overall mission to make a difference with our offenders and it does.  Every facility, even beyond the gardens, does something to make things for people in need.”

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