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Klein JCC adds glass house to grow veggies

The Klein JCC held a rib­bon-cut­ting ce­re­mony to mark the open­ing of a green­house built with a grant from the Wal­mart Found­a­tion and Meals on Wheels of Amer­ic­an As­so­ci­ation. The food grown in the green­house will be used for meals to be de­livered to loc­al home­bound seni­ors, Monday, June 11, 2012, Phil­adelphia, Pa. (Maria Pouch­nikova)

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The Klein JCC, at 10100 Jam­is­on Ave., re­cently held a rib­bon-cut­ting ce­re­mony to mark the open­ing of a green­house built with a $50,000 grant from the Wal­mart Found­a­tion and Meals on Wheels of Amer­ica As­so­ci­ation.

The green­house, ad­ja­cent shed and out­door freez­er were con­struc­ted thanks to a so-called “Build­ing for the Fu­ture Grant.”

The Klein JCC pre­pares and de­liv­ers 45,000 meals an­nu­ally to home­bound seni­ors in Phil­adelphia, Bucks and Mont­gomery counties who can­not cook for them­selves.

“The new green­house will grow its own fresh pro­duce to share with the seni­or pop­u­la­tion and for use in meals for home­bound seni­ors,” said Sue Ais­trop, hun­ger re­lief vo­lun­teer man­ager for the Klein JCC. “It ad­di­tion­ally will al­low the Klein JCC to re­cruit and en­gage vo­lun­teers to help provide an ad­di­tion­al five-thou­sand nu­tri­tious meals an­nu­ally to some five-hun­dred area home­bound seni­ors. Thanks to the Wal­mart Found­a­tion-MOWAA grant, we were provided the re­sources to ex­pand ser­vices at a time when de­mand is grow­ing sig­ni­fic­antly.”

Ac­cord­ing to re­search by the Meals on Wheels group, more than 6 mil­lion seni­or cit­izens in the United States face hun­ger is­sues.

The Wal­mart Found­a­tion has pledged $2 bil­lion to sup­port hun­ger re­lief ef­forts through 2015. The cor­por­a­tion last year donated $5 mil­lion to Meals on Wheels. ••

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