Green-Thumbed Prisoners Help Feed Missouri

7 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, December 30 2010 Dec 30, 2010 Thursday, December 30, 2010 2:34:00 PM CST December 30, 2010 in News
MOBERLY - Food pantries across Missouri received almost 60,000 pounds of produce grown by prisoners in the state correctional facilities this year.  Forty-four institutions receive the donations and pass it on to thousands of families.
  
Pastor for the Family Life Fellowship -- Vic Comstock -- has seen many changes in his food pantry over 16 years, most importantly in the scope. This is, in part, because of the amount of produce available from the correctional facilities. As well as providing a necessary service to the community, Comstock said the program helps build the prisoners' self esteem.

"A seed that was planted in that situation," he said. "Which a lot of us consider the worst possible situation, they're turning around and using for good. And they're taking something and also letting society know that these folks have a purpose."

Comstock also said that the quality of produce is actually better because it is grown in the state.

Fulton Food Bank Director Julie Roark said another reason the inmates participate in the program is to help loved ones they left behind.

"They're doing this a lot of the time because they know they have family on the outside that they're not able to support."

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