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Baltimore's Franciscan Center to farm land in Howard County to help feed the city's poor

Baltimore's Franciscan Center to farm land in Howard County to help feed the city's poor

The Franciscan Center in Baltimore is planning to use three acres of farmland in Howard County — plus the sweat and labor of friars and volunteers — to grow fruits and vegetables to feed the city’s poor.

Jeffrey Griffin, who runs the 50-year-old Franciscan Center near Charles Village, said running a farm will have a cascading effect on the nonprofit’s ability to serve the 500 or more people who come each day to eat. Last year the center served 115,000 meals.

He said with money the center saves by growing its own food, the center will hire a cook to demonstrate how to prepare healthy meals. And it will stuff more fresh food into clients’ grocery bags and bring fourth-graders...

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