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Farming 4 Hunger, a nonprofit organization located in Prince Frederick that harvests and delivers local produce for distribution to Southern Maryland families in need, has been awarded a $22,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation.

In 2012, Farming 4 Hunger raised more than 400,000 pounds of produce for area food pantries. This year, it raised nearly 1.7 million pounds of produce, such as beans, potatoes, squash, zucchini and kale, a press release states. The produce is harvested, boxed and packaged by area volunteers, church groups, detention center work-releases inmates, school groups and individuals who want to give back to the community.

Farming 4 Hunger has teamed with the Capital Area Food Bank and Maryland Food Bank to serve families in need in the region.

“We were in desperate need this summer for a bean harvester and through the grant from Dominion we were able to purchase one just in time for the 22 acres of beans we have,” said Bernie Fowler Jr., founder and CEO of Farming 4 Hunger, in the release. “To date, Dominion is the most recognizable company that believes in what we are doing and by stepping up I am hoping it will make other companies take notice and have them consider supporting our cause.”

Dominion volunteers also spent a day cleaning debris at Serenity Farm in Benedict recently, and taking off the old roof that was destroyed by weather on one of the two, 10,000-square-foot greenhouses, the release states. The refurbished greenhouse will be used to grow hydroponic plants, such as tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers, and serve as an education center to children in the area.

“This facility will be an excellent way to teach area children from kindergarten through high school not only about agriculture, sustainability and nutrition, but also what it is like to give to others in need,” Fowler said in the release.

For more information about Farming 4 Hunger, contact Fowler at 443-532-4000 or Farming4Hunger@hotmail.com.

The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, is dedicated to protecting the environment, promoting education and helping meet basic human needs of the communities served by Dominion companies, according to the release. Since 2002, the Dominion Foundation has provided nearly $2.3 million in grants within the state of Maryland, including more than $500,000 to Calvert County nonprofits.