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Neighbors: Come GRO with us

Published: Monday, March 13, 2017 5:04 p.m. CDT

MORRIS – Grundy Resource Organization will be hosting its inaugural GRO Garden Party on March 18 at Clayton's Tap.

The money raised from this event will go directly to helping us continue to feed over 425 residents (at this time, and growing) each month.

While the main focus is on providing fresh fruits and vegetables, the group is able to provide them with other staple food items as well as personal products when they are available.

We provide drop off at the homes of individuals who can’t make it to traditional pantries as well as the working poor who don’t quite meet requirements of other agencies but still have to decide between getting a battery for their car or purchasing food for their family, as well as have community drop off points in Morris, Minooka, Mazon, Coal City, and Gardner at this time.

"When this started, we had no idea how quickly it would grow," board member Nichole Manning said. "Each week there seems to be more families who reach out to us through their pastors for help, we just want to continue to do what we are doing."

On top of growing over 5 acres of our own crops in Grundy County to feed our residents, we also supplement food weekly from Midwest Food Bank in Bloomington, at no cost other than gas and time.

The fundraiser is free to enter with a come as you are atmosphere that we felt would work best with our way of doing things.

There will be raffle and auction items available along with our GRO specialty drink of the day.

"I just hope we are able to get the word out so people come down," Heidi Litchfield, president said. "Our volunteers, several of which are also clients have put a lot of effort into this event for us."

If you go:

What: GRO Garden Party

Where: Clayton's Tap, 122 W Washington St, Morris

When: March 18 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Cost: free

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