Klamath Falls, Ore. - Drought conditions have left a food bank serving Klamath and Lake counties short on fresh produce.
The 'Rotary Fresh Harvest' garden normally produces about 13 thousand pounds of produce - but not this year.
"No water, no produce." Explains Food Bank Director Niki Sampson. "So they had to plow it all under."
Sampson adds that the shortage of fresh produce comes as a time of high demand...
"We're feeding 1 in 4 households in Klamath and Lake counties right now."
Other local gardeners are stepping up to help out.
The Westside Community Church's 'Garden of Eatin' is still growing, as long as water in a nearby drainage ditch keeps flowing.
"We hope and pray that we'll have water." Says garden property owner Don McClendon. "Because we really believe in what we're doing."
"We split the produce between the county food bank, and the gospel mission." Adds Westside Community Church Pastor John Kays.
The 'Garden of Eatin' is expected to produce about 6 thousand pounds of food.
But Niki Sampson says more help is needed...
"We can take zucchini the size of small children."
Donations can be dropped off at the Klamath / Lake Counties Food Bank on Maywood Drive.
Last year, the Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank distributed about 29 thousand pounds of food every week. Over the course of a year, that food helped to prepare nearly half a million meals.
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