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Cornerstones of Care raises funds to help feed hungry Kansas City families

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The clock is ticking to meet a crucial milestone to help feed hungry families in the metro. (KCTV5) The clock is ticking to meet a crucial milestone to help feed hungry families in the metro. (KCTV5)
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The clock is ticking to meet a crucial milestone to help feed hungry families in the metro.

Cornerstones of Care Community Garden needs to raise $100,000 by Oct. 1.

So far, the non-profit has raised $16,000 of their goal to keep their gardens up and running. However, the program goes far beyond growing produce to feed families.

Children and teens who spend their days in the Cornerstone treatment schools are overcoming severe cases of abuse, neglect and other types of trauma.

People who run the gardens say working out there give them a sense of empowerment to lead healthier lives.

"We really are the stewards of resiliency, helping create a healthier and safer Kansas City. That’s mental health, emotional health, community health, because we believe that’s the sort of thing that can create the kind of city we can be proud of and want to live in," said Theo Bunch, Cornerstones of Care healthy living and food systems manager.

Bunch says he often sees children or young adults enter the garden in full-crisis states, and by the end of the day, they are calm and centered again. He says the simple act of putting their hands in the soil and planting things is calming and empowering

The $100,000 will help expand the current farm areas, build an orchard, trails, and a horticultural therapy greenhouse along with establishing an apprenticeship program for when they enter the workforce as adults.

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