will host a banquet fundraiser March 20, 2010 from 6 - 9 p.m. to benefit West End Community Gardens.
Executive Chef Chris Dupont will prepare a local-inspired menu featuring seasonal ingredients donated by Whole Foods Market.
West End Community Gardens is a project of Urban Ministry, Inc and Community Church Without Walls.
Urban Ministry is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that has continued to meet the needs of residents in Birmingham since its founding in 1976. In 2008, building on its foundation as a strong community-based organization in West End and recognizing the lack of access to fresh and healthy foods, Urban Ministry partnered with Community Church Without Walls, a mission-based, United Methodist church that meets in the homes of its members, to create WE Community Gardens.
In a short period of time, WE Community Gardens (which is fully organic) has already been a tremendous success. In the past year:
• 16 families had 4’x8’ community garden plots, all of which provided fresh and healthy produce to those families
• children from Urban Ministry’s after school program learned to garden and prepare healthy food grown in the youth garden area
• hundreds of community residents participated in educational and nutritional classes once a month
• juvenile offenders were able to learn about gardening and healthy eating habits thanks to an innovative program that allowed them to fulfill their court ordered community service while working in the Gardens.
In May 2010, Urban Ministry will start and staff a curb market, which will not only build youth leadership, but also begin the process of offering produce from WE Community Gardens to the larger West End community. This fundraiser will give WE Community Gardens a great start in 2010 and provide a foundation to build from as they launch the curb market/internship program.
Ticket Info: Tickets are $125 per person, $225 per couple and you are encouraged to purchase online: www.communitychurchwithoutwalls.com
. Simply click on “give” at the top of the page and then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your gift is to reserve a spot at the banquet. Or send a check addressed to Community Church without Walls, 1229 Cotton Ave SW, Birmingham, AL 35211.