With some grocery stores experiencing food shortages due to coronavirus, fresh produce is in high demand. That means community gardens like Jeremiah’s Garden in Tuscaloosa are more important now than ever. Since produce is so sought after, the non-profit garden is expanding.

Jeremiah’s Garden donates much of its produce to the West Alabama Food Bank, who distributes it to those who need it most.

“People are needing food more than ever because they can’t afford to buy it,” Tuscaloosa County Extension agent Neal Hargle said. “So, the food bank is requesting more food from this garden. This garden can only provide so much. So, if we can get more of these gardens out there, one it is a teaching tool. It is a natural grocery store to say. They can come and get those fresh fruit and vegetables. Everything is growing here.”

Hargle said another community garden is in the works in Tuscaloosa’s West End near Stillman College.

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