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La Crosse school opens a living food pantry

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The Hamilton and SOTA Early Learning Center's Edible Schoolyard is open for community harvesting after three years of collaboration and community efforts.

The living pantry comes from the school's Edible Schoolyard, a garden dedicated to providing students and community members with a shared source of locally grown and healthy foods.

Ben Burns, the Hamilton and SOTA Early Learning Center principal, says that the staff and students are excited about the new garden because it "enhances the visual presentation of the front of our building and promotes environmental sustainability."

Community members can harvest the food they need while following the CDC safety guidelines on social distancing and sanitation.

The garden is open from 10-10:30 a.m. on July 2.

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