Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort employees harvested 3,775 pounds of potatoes to donate to those in need in Western North Carolina. The garden, located at Kituwah Fields, was maintained throughout the summer by employees volunteering with Harrah’s Employees Reaching Out (HERO) and the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service.
The majority of the potatoes were delivered to the Community Table in Sylva, a MANNA FoodBank partner, for distribution to families in Western North Carolina. Two rows of potatoes were donated to the Cherokee Boys Club Family Support Services Food Pantry, and two rows were used to stock Harrah’s Cherokee’s employee food pantry.
“The garden proved to be a great project that allowed our employees to garden and give back to the community,” Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort vice president of human resources and external relations Jo Blaylock said. “Hunger is an identified need in our area, and HERO will continue garden projects to help with ‘Grow A Row for Hunger’ and community gardens as opportunities allow.”
The Community Table is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been serving nutritious meals in a welcoming environment to neighbors in need since 1999.
– Harrah’s Cherokee