UPDATE: Garden project run by homeless community produces enough to put meals on their table

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First Stop Executive Director Clete Wetli said the Greenhouse Project is producing enough to supply their homeless visitors with fresh produce at their meals each day.

The staff at the nonprofit said they have fallen on hard times and are doing what they can to help the homeless population get on their feet.  If you would like to donate, you can mail a donation to their offices located at 206 Stokes Street Northwest in Huntsville, or donate online by visiting their website.

Our initial report is below

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle led the ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of First Stop’s Green House Project, a community garden built and run by the homeless community.

The ceremony was Monday morning at the First Stop facility on Stokes Street in Huntsville.

The Green House Project includes a green house, raised beds and tilled land to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables to help feed the homeless. Recently, Publix partnered with First Stop by donating supplies and volunteer labor to finish the project.

“The Green House Project is a wonderful way to help empower the homeless in our community by helping them develop marketable skills and to learn new ways to achieve self-sufficiency,” First Stop Executive Director Clete Wetli said. “We are grateful to have Publix as an involved and committed community partner.”

If anyone would like to help with the Green House Project, organizers said they are in need of plants, compost and volunteers. The garden is located in the First Stop, Inc.’s yard at 206 Stokes Street in Huntsville.