The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry is hoping to win a Seeds of Change grant to help extend its growing season, provide a wider variety of vegetables and add an irrigation system, according to the Seeds of Change website.
Residents can cast their vote daily for the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry on the Seeds of Change Facebook page. The grant program will award a $25,000 grant and 15 $10,000 grants to the gardens that garner the most attention.
After moving to its new location at 1113 Pyott Road in Lake in the Hills last year, the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills food pantry added a garden to its property. A Seeds of Change grant would help grow the pantry's community garden.
"We could expand our limited equipment and the varieties of vegetables we offer. We have an established old orchard that has room for expansion," according to information posted on the Algonquin-LITH Food Pantry's Seeds of Change voting page. "We would be able to increase our educational programs and distribute vegetable plants for our recipients home gardens."
Another goal, if a grant is obtained, would be to extend the growing season so that the pantry's "recipients have a steady source of healthy vegetables as long as possible," according to the Seeds of Change voting page.