UT Farmers Market Helps Feed Knoxville’s Hungry

Catherine XX, daughter of Institute of Agriculture Employee Donna Eason-Pile; Jean Hulsey; and Drew Hulsey work at the Grow More, Give More tent at the UT Farmers Market.

Mary Catherine Eason-Pile, daughter of Institute of Agriculture Employee Donna Eason-Pile; employee Jean Hulsey; and Drew Hulsey volunteer at the Grow More, Give More tent at the UT Farmers Market. They are part of a committee of volunteers who donate their time to the organization.

Each week hundreds of East Tennesseans visit the UT Farmers Market to pick up fresh produce, local food, and enjoy a variety of entertainment and activities. The Farmers Market is broadening its reach through Grow More, Give More, a partnership between the Institute of Agriculture and the Society of St. Andrew aimed at feeding Knoxville’s hungry neighbors and reducing food waste.

Members of the community are invited to bring produce donations to the Farmers Market each week, or to purchase extra produce to donate while visiting the market. The donated produce is taken the same day to a local shelter or food pantry and is an important supplement to dry or canned goods. Last year more than 6,800 pounds of produce were collected and donated to help feed Knoxville’s hungry neighbors.

The Farmers Market takes place from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. each Wednesday through October 23, at the UT Gardens on Neyland Drive. For more information on Grow More, Give More, visit the website and follow the organization on Facebook.

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