LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) Jim Kvach has a garden. It’s about three-quarters of an acre. He grows a few flowers, but mostly fruit and vegetables.
“The basics," Kvach explains. "Squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, all those things.”
And he’s pretty good at it.
“Last year was just a bit over two-and-a-half tons of fruit and vegetables,” Kvach said. “So far this year, I’m just a little over a ton. So I expect I’ll come in maybe around two tons this year.”
Sorry, tons? How could someone possibly eat that much food?
He doesn’t. Jim Kvach’s garden isn’t for him. He grows all of that food for the local food pantry.
All of that food, all two tons of it, goes directly to families who need help to fill out their food needs. Dick Reiss, the Food Pantry Manager knows all about Jim Kvach.
“Garden the size of Nebraska, yeah," Reiss said.
Reiss is there to help folks who need it get a little extra food each month.
“In this economy, everybody needs help now and then,” Reiss said.
And while Kvach is not alone he certainly is the biggest producer.
“We get lots of people who just come in with a couple of bags of cucumbers, or some squash, or zucchini," according to Reiss. "He’ll pull up here with his pickup and open this, and fill these tables full of produce. In, I believe it was May, he brought in over a thousand pounds of strawberries.”
And while there is lots of processed food at the pantry, that fresh produce makes all the difference.
“They love it," Reiss said about his clients."They absolutely love it.”