Approximately 131,000 Wake County residents are food insecure.
Food security means having physical, social, and/or economic access to safe, nutritious, culturally appropriate, and affordable food.
To address food insecurity issues facing many of our patients, Alliance partnered with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in 2009 to build our on-site Community Garden.
Annually, we harvest 2,000 pounds of fresh produce. All produce is given to patients in the clinic or wellness classes.
On a quarter of an acre, our garden grows a wide variety of different vegetables, herbs, and fruits, including radishes, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, and leafy greens.
Each year, over 300 volunteers support our Community Garden.
Environmental stewards and organic practices:
Compost bin on-site and avoid all chemical substances
Water conservation by collected rain in barrels and reusing for irrigation.
- Pollinator garden dedicated to growing pollinating flowers to attract butterflies and bees in an effort to increase pollinating activity.
- With the support of Apiopolis, we have several bee hives adjacent to the garden.
Produce is available to all patients for no charge in the clinic and in wellness classes.