Community connection: Meeting the needs of families in crisis

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Hunger and food insecurity may not be among the words that come to mind when you think of New Albany.

New Albany residents Jackie Krebs and Angela Douglas have heard that before but point to statistics that revealed poverty is moving into the suburbs for a lot of different reasons.

“As we're growing, as a community our needs are growing--and that's no different than here Westerville, Gahanna or anywhere else."

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In addition to a food pantry, New Albany has a community garden right outside the Heit Center. Volunteers work the plots and any surplus harvest is donated to the food pantry.

Douglas and Krebs said they connect what's growing in the garden to the community at large with volunteer and learning opportunities.

Among those opportunities, are classes in the demonstration kitchen at the Heit Center taught by experts including Jim Warner, who is the Director of Food Service at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Warner teaches techniques for a plant-based diet as it relates to lowering cancer risk.