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Blues & BBQ gives back with donation to pantry’s garden project

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Betterment Group, organizers of the annual North Liberty Blues & BBQ festival, announced financial support for a community garden project of the North Liberty Community Pantry.
“Food is obviously near and dear to our hearts, and the pantry has been helping feed community members for nearly three decades,” said festival founder David Moore. “We saw an opportunity for us to aid an important local organization when it needed just a little bit of help of its own.”
Last month, the pantry launched a campaign to raise a $38,500 grant match by Dec. 15 for its Gardening for Health project, a 9,600 square-foot garden and teaching center adjacent to the pantry. The garden will provide a sustainable source of fresh food for the pantry and other programs, as well as a place where people can learn how to plant, nurture, harvest and prepare fresh food. To help the pantry reach that goal, North Liberty Blues & BBQ donated $5,000 to the project.
“We’re excited the Blues & BBQ committee identified the Gardening for Health Project to make a community investment. We think it’s a great partnership,” said North Liberty Community Pantry Executive Director Tina DuBois. “Blues & BBQ brings neighbors together through a community gathering, and through the Gardening for Health Project we hope to bring neighbors together through healthy, sustainable eating.”
Blues & BBQ has been North Liberty’s premiere family-friendly event since 2007. The annual event offers fun for all ages with food, live music, arts-inspired kids’ activities, local craft beers and more. The festival is scheduled for July 11, 2015, in North Liberty’s new Centennial Park. For more information, visit northlibertyblues.org.