St. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Gangbangers, robbers, rapists, drug dealers and other mis-guided members of Missouri’s prison community are getting down in the dirt and doing some good for the hungry .
It’s not exactly a program designed to stem recidivism but doing your time, playing down on the farm while behind prison bars is having an impact on food pantries around the state. The Department of Corrections says this year, prisoners have raised more than 50-tons of vegetables and fruits for the needy. It’s all part of the Restorative Justice Garden Program.
Seeds and plants are donated to the Corrections Department, which then donates all the resulting food to local pantries.
The big producer this year is the Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron. The inmates there grew more than 23,000 pounds of vegetables and fruit.