A donation in honor of a Vandalia woman is expected to help feed thousands of people in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Foodbank today dedicated its new Beverly K. Greenhouse, a 6,000-square-foot greenhouse that should produce an estimated 100,000 heads of lettuce a year as well as other produce and vegetables.
The Vandalia family of Beverly Greene donated the greenhouse. "It is an honor to be naming this greenhouse after my mother," said Beverly Greene's son, Charlie Greene. "She cared about our community and instilled strength in people to stand up for what was right. I know she is proud of this dedication that will serve our community fresh food every day throughout the Miami Valley area and even the whole state."
Charlie Greene said they have plenty of room for expansion at the greenhouse. "We feel incredibly honored to keep Beverly’s memory alive through this gift, and to have also made friends with the Greene family," Foodbank Chief Executive Officer Michelle L. Riley said. "The Greene family understands and recognizes the need in this community, and they are passionate about food and the environment."
The Beverly K. Greenhouse is also part of the "fresh food forest" that the Foodbank is developing on a former industrial site in West Dayton. The Foodbank says more than 100,000 residents are food insecure throughout Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties.
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