Things are coming up like daisies for the Salvation Army's Valley Grower group.

"We are a group of community members who are really interested in growing food to help with hunger issues in our community," said Chair of the Valley Growers, Jenessa Mcauley.

The group has set up planter boxes in Bankview to continue to grow their own vegetables and other fresh food for the Salvation Army Food Hampers.

"It's a big difference maker: we currently don't have a lot of fresh food options to offer the clients right now, but last year we saw a significant boost in how much vegetables and fresh produce we could provide to clients," said Mcauley. "It really made a significant impact to those families."

The group welcomes anyone who doesn't mind rolling up their sleeves and getting a little dirty.

"Several of these boxes are actually organized and run by community groups. We have the Growing Opportunities box; the seniors, through the Town, have one. The groups come and share the duties by helping water each other's gardens and working together to make it all happen," said Mcauley.

Valley Growers has recently opened up some boxes for community members and still have some available to those who are interested.

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