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Every Friday afternoon more than 600 Guilford County students carry home a small bag of groceries, an Out of the Garden gift to assure that each family will have two meals and snacks over the weekend.

They are among nearly 40,000 children who qualify for free or reduced lunches; their families are among the 20 percent of Guilford County residents who live below the poverty line. These are the alarming statistics which made one couple, Don and Kristy Milholins of Greensboro, decide to do something about it. The Out-of-the-Garden project is the result.

From one school, Morehead Elementary, two years ago, today 30 elementary, middle and high schools participate. Storage space has expanded from the Milholin’s home to a warehouse on Hwy. 68, generously provided by the C3 Church in High Point.

Such an undertaking requires huge amounts of nonperishable food, collected by organizations, faith communities and individuals. Volunteers also gather at the church to assemble 25,000 meals for up to 700 grocery bags weekly and load them for delivery to the schools every Friday.

The project has launched a campaign to raise funds to expand the number of Out of the Garden recipients. Jennifer Edwards, a Kernersville artist, created the attractive painting, detail seen on this page, to be used in fundraising efforts. Gifts in any amount may be sent to the Out of the Garden project, 4908 Manning Drive, Greensboro.

For more information, please call 336-430-6070 or visit www.OutoftheGardenProject.org.