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Volunteers gather leftover produce for Loaves and Fishes in record amount


Above / Record donation of produce goes to Loaves and Fishes as volunteers harvested 1,365 lbs. of vegetables at the annual gleaning at Naperville Park District’s Ron Ory Community Garden Plots, located at 811 S. West Street. (Photo courtesy NPD)

On Mon., Oct. 23, 2023, a group of more than 30 volunteers gleaned leftover vegetables at the Naperville Park District’s Ron Ory Community Garden Plots following the close of the 2023 gardening season.

The volunteers collected 1,365 lbs. of produce which was donated to Loaves and Fishes Community Services.

Additionally, over the summer, donations including the yield from the master gardeners’ “Giving Garden” and from other gardeners’ donations totaled 3,765 lbs. of vegetables, for a grand total of 5,130 lbs. of produce donated in 2023—the most donated in the program’s history.

To learn more about gardening at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots, visit www.napervilleparks.org/gardenplots.

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Naperville Park District
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Created in 1966, the Naperville Park District is an independent, municipal agency serving the recreation needs of its residents. An Illinois Distinguished Agency since 1994, the District is one of only 1% of park districts across the country to be nationally accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Naperville Park District’s mission is to provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community. The District maintains and operates more than 2,400 acres with 137 parks and provides more than 1,500 recreational, arts and environmental programs and special events annually. Included within the District’s operations are two championship golf courses, a multitude of playgrounds, trails, athletic courts and sports fields, Fort Hill Activity Center, Knoch Knolls Nature Center, two inline skating and skateboarding facilities, the Millennium Carillon, a paddle boat quarry, historic Centennial Beach, and the beautiful Riverwalk.