HAMMOND, Ind. (Northwest Indiana Times) – Woodmar United Methodist volunteers, residents from Hammond Housing, and community residents planted a Community Garden this spring near the corner of Columbia Avenue and 173rd Street.

The garden is on 8,000 square feet of land owned by the Hammond Housing Authority. It will provide low-income residents with free, healthy food.

“We believe it will also make the community a better and safer place by uniting residents and providing educational opportunities to children at O’Bannon,” said organizer Heather Demantes.

The event was organized by Woodmar United Methodist Church and called Change the World Day, with the message that people everywhere should take more active roles in their own communities. Sandwiches and water for volunteers were donated by Food 4 Less, which also made a monetary donation, and hot dogs were provided by youth and young adult groups from the church.

Volunteers, including residents Susan Stevens and Carol Buse, who worked tirelessly the entire day, began by clearing the plot and planting the garden.

“They have been part of the project since the start last fall and attended meetings. We also had a lot of senior volunteers from Golden Manor help sign people in and create interest in the garden,” said Demantes.

For more information on how to get involved, contact Woodmar United Methodist Church at 219-844-3030 or woodmarumc@att.net or the Hammond Housing Authority at 219-989-3265.