JBU SIFE Partners with World Garden to Fight Hunger

Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 14, 2009) — John Brown University Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) are bringing a successful hunger relief program, created by World Garden, from Bentonville to Siloam Springs.

The Siloam Springs team, named “The Garden,” began preparing meals on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009. To date, over 3,900 servings of food have been delivered to Hunger and Thirst Ministry in Siloam Springs where it is served to the hungry. First Christian Church has donated the use of its kitchen for JBU SIFE members and other volunteers to cook soup each Sunday afternoon.

“We discovered a need for hunger relief in Siloam Springs and felt we could take the successful model that World Garden was using and implement it in Siloam Springs,” said Charles Greathouse, a senior at JBU and SIFE president.

In running Bentonville-based restaurant World Garden, owner Rick Boosey came across flats of produce at distribution houses that could not be sold because of imperfections and began cooking the food on Sundays when the restaurant is closed. The JBU SIFE team was the first to be trained by Boosey, now a group of volunteers has also been trained in Springdale.