Wednesday, 12 October 2016 16:26

Parish volunteers harvest vegetable crop to raise funds for elementary school breakfast program, Oct. 3, 2016

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The Christ the Redeemer Roman Catholic Parish in Swift Current is selling potatoes and beets from their vegetable garden to raise funds for the breakfast programs at all the elementary schools in the city. Volunteers completed the harvest on Oct. 3, just before the start of the rain that turned into a large amount of snow over the following days. The church, which is located at the corner of Memorial Drive and Central Avenue North on the city's northern side, has been using a piece of land just across the road  from the parish for the past four years to plant potatoes and other vegetables to raise funds for the elementary school breakfast programs. Volunteers dug out close to 4,000 pounds of potatoes and picked approximately 600 pounds of beets. The parish also had a good durum crop on 160 acres of land, which is an ongoing agricultural initiative to raise funds for the church building fund and a portion of the proceeds is donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The potatoes and beets are currently for sale at the church. Office hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.

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Matthew Liebenberg