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Peekskill Pastors Association Sponsors Garden Of Hope Initiative

Garden of Hope Initiative in Yorktown
Garden of Hope Initiative in Yorktown Photo Credit: Facebook (Peekskill Area Pastors Association)

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- The Garden of Hope Hunger Initiative will begin its third year with an Ecumenical Rogation Service, sponsored by the Peekskill Area Pastors Association (PAPA), on Sunday, May 1, in Yorktown.

The Garden of Hope was constructed as a sustainable organic vegetable garden in 2014 in an effort to increase the amount of fresh, nutritious produce to food pantries, meal sites, and produce agencies with feeding programs serving low-income families in Northern Westchester and Putnam to address the issue of curbing hunger for people who are living on the poverty level.

At the service, Rev. Anthony Stephens, pastor of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Peekskill and President of PAPA, will join Fr. John Keane, SA., Chairman of the Hunger Committee of PAPA and other clergy of the PAPA organization, in a blessing of the garden's crops

This event will feature words and music from a wide embrace of PAPA’s religious and spiritual constituents. The general public and members of the media are invited to attend the opening of the garden.

More than 4000 pounds of food was harvested from the Garden both in 2014 and 2015.

Among the Garden's distribution agencies are St. Peter Episcopal Church, the Jan Peek House (both in Peekskill) and Westchester County Harvest Agency.

Rogation Sunday is the day when the Christian Church has traditionally offered prayer for God’s blessings on the fruits of the earth and the labors of those who produce our food.

A not-for-profit operation, the Garden is operated by volunteers. Volunteers are given tasks tailored in any of light, moderate and strong activities suited to each individual person.

Volunteers may also individually plant their own row of vegetables under the expert supervision of the Gardens Managers, Bob Conboy (845-729-2184) and John Stedman (914-539-5866).

To learn more about the event and the activities at the Garden, including help this growing season, contact Rev. Anthony Stephens at Anthony.stephens2@verizon.net, 914-271-4632 or Fr. John Keane SA jkeane@atonementfriars.org.

The Garden of Hope Hunger Initiative is next to Wilkens Farm, off of Mohansic Avenue-Rte35/202 near the Taconic Parkway, Yorktown.

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