“McKinney Roots is a 100% food donation garden for the city of McKinney. We supply naturally grown fresh produce to the food-insecure by distributing them to local services and schools.”
Many in Collin County may not realize just how many hungry people there are among us. When you look at the stats on children alone, it is staggering. Thus, there is the need for heroes like Michelle McCarley and Clarissa Bleecker, the directors of McKinney Roots, along with the volunteers who are helping this organization. As their motto says, “Keep going—keep growing.”
This team operates on a five-acre farm with raised beds while expanding their use of ground beds. As they are able, they want to create a hothouse, an orchard and a hydroponic area. Currently, they have organically grown fruit trees and berry bushes, but they don’t stop there. They also have chickens that produce dozens of eggs each day.
McKinney Roots partners with organizations focused on feeding the food-deprived and with schools so children can increase their ability to not only attend school more routinely due to being healthier but also be more productive. Lack of nutrition for anyone is bad enough, but children need the vitamins and nutrients from these products to grow well both physically and mentally.
McKinney Roots is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Learn more about how you can help at McKinneyRoots.org.