West Texas Food Bank Talks Gardening During Hunger Action Month

ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) – Hunger Awareness Month for the West Texas Food Bank has officially begun and will continue through September.

West Texas Food Bank CEO Libby Campbell says growing a garden in West Texas is possible.

“That’s one thing that I think has been so amazing in the innovative gardens that we’ve been able to show and teach that you can grow food right here in West Texas,” Campbell said.

Growing a garden is a simple and inexpensive way to help fight hunger.

At the food bank, they have innovative gardens that are western bio-oil dooms used to teach people how to properly grow fruits and vegetables.

Campbell said bio dooms are a unique way to grow food.

“We’re actually the only food bank in the country that has organic dooms,” Campbell said. “We grow bananas, and we have pineapple bushes, shy fish, goldfish, aquaponics, we have different exotic fruits and vegetables that you wouldn’t usually really see in West Texas.”

Campbell says that on the third Saturday of each month, the community is always welcome to the Midland Garden to learn tips from their nutritionist and gardener.

“It’s just about bringing families in and showing them that there are different ways to eat in West Texas.”

On September 24, in honor of Hunger Action Month, there will be a children’s farmers market to give them the opportunity to pick their own fruits and vegetables and learn about gardening.

The food bank is always open to volunteers and donations.

More information about Hunger Action Month events can be found on their website.

Terri S. Tomasini