Prison gardens becoming new source of aid for food banks

“The Illinois Department of Corrections has started a sustainability initiative that includes planting gardens on prison grounds which have yielded enough produce to assist local food banks.

This trend of prison gardens stems from the department’s commitment to conserving energy, reducing waste, growing more of its own food and working to become a more self-sufficient agency. The initiative is said to save taxpayer dollars, create offender vocational and job training opportunities and reduce the environmental impact of IDOC operations.”

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