YMCA of Central Ohio

Thank you Chipotle!


Thanks to everyone for making eating a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support the Hoover YMCA Park Learning Garden.

As a result, more than $3,400 was raised in support of the Hoover Y Park Learning Garden.  These funds will support education programs to help kids learn more about where their food comes from, and will also support the donation of thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to local food pantries.

Chipotle partnered with Hoover YMCA Park Learning Garden, because they think it’s important that people understand where real food is grown and where it comes from.

When we work together, the YMCA can do SO MUCH MORE for our community!

About the Garden

The Hoover YMCA Park Learning Garden is a two acre garden on YMCA property located in Lockbourne, Ohio, just south of Columbus. It is a chemical free garden that uses natural methods for pest control and weeds. The garden is a partnership between the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, the YMCA of Central Ohio and with support from Local Matters and Chipotle. The goal of the Learning Garden is to teach the community about where their vegetables come from and how they can utilize natural methods to create gardens at home.  Over 1,000 children visit the Hoover Y Park during the summer day-camp season and are involved in programs in the garden.

A wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables are grown in the garden including eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, pumpkins, watermelon, beans, collards, kale, spinach, arugula, many lettuce varieties, beets, potatoes, sweet potatoes, sweet and hot peppers, fennel, and a variety of other culinary herbs. The garden also includes a significant variety of annual and perennial flowers, which aide in pollination of the garden.

In 2012, over 3,700 pounds of produce grown in the garden was donated to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, Faith Mission Ministries, and the St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantries.  With Chipotle's support, the Garden began its first CSA program in 2013.  For every CSA share purchased, a share is given to a family in need.  Over 100 families in need throughout central Ohio are now receiving a weekly bag of fresh fruits and veggies from the Garden.  And we're on target to surpass 4,000 pounds of produce donated to Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Faith Mission, and St. Vincent Food Pantries this year!

For more information about the garden, please contact the Hoover Y Park Executive Director, Pam Slater, at pslater@ymcacolumbus.org.