Harka Shares Thanks
“We are very appreciative.”
Every summer, Harka spends a few hours each week at one of Fargo’s community gardens where she carefully nurtures plants that produce green beans, potatoes, tomatoes, and more. When the harvest is ready, she and fellow gardeners share the bounty.
Gardening is a skill she learned in the country of her birth, Bhutan.
“There we grew a lot of our food,” she says. “Here it’s harder to find a place to garden.”
Harka and her family — her husband and three children ages 12, 8 and 2 — are vegetarian. Rice and fresh vegetables make up the bulk of their diet. But fresh produce costs more than buying processed and packaged foods, Harka shared.
Harka’s husband works full time in manufacturing while she cares for their children. They receive some SNAP benefits, but those dollars are often spent before the month ends.
To stretch their food budget, Harka works in the community garden and visits the food pantry supplied by the Great Plains Food Bank every other month.
“It helps my family a little bit more,” she says. “Otherwise, it can be difficult to feed my children.”
By supporting the Great Plains Food Bank you are also supporting 200 additional partner feeding programs who receive food supplies used to feed families in their local communities, just like Harka’s.
Harka appreciates all the assistance she is able to receive at the Emergency Food Pantry in Fargo, a partner agency of the Great Plains Food Bank.