Last updated: August 06. 2014 10:45AM - 292 Views
By - jbreger@civitasmedia.com



Guests at the Garden of Hope banquet experience the different classes of society around the world through the meals they eat.
Guests at the Garden of Hope banquet experience the different classes of society around the world through the meals they eat.
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Local teens worked Thursday evening to gather support for a community project intended to feed two families per year in Bryan County.


Achille senior and Future Farmers of America President Tiffany Cranford — along with other FFA members and family — hosted a banquet at Durant’s Donald W. Reynolds Community Center and Library to aid her efforts to create a local Garden of Hope.


Cranford’s project would create a community garden to supply food for two Bryan County families. The teen explained she got the idea for the project through a leadership conference she attended this past year.


“We had to create these things called living-to-serve plans where we come back and serve our communities, and that was mine,” said Cranford.


During the dinner hosted this week, participants were shown the differences in nutrition opportunities for varying classes of society around the world.


Some participants represented the 15 percent of the world’s population in the upper class who ate well. Others represented the 35 percent of middle class who ate enough but not well, and the rest represented the almost 50 percent of the world’s population in poverty who barely got a meal.


Through this audience participation, guests witnessed a physical representation of the needs that must be met for many people around the world.


After the demonstration, guests enjoyed a buffet-style banquet. Cranford then explained how her garden would provide for families in the area.


“My goal for the banquet thing is to show them what it’s about and get the support I need,” said Cranford.


Several community and education leaders were invited to the event. Although more than 100 people sent in an RSVP, approximately 15 to 20 people showed up for the event.


Crandford’s family and friends said, although it was a rough start, they are not giving up and have high hopes for the project.


- Jessica Breger can be reached at (580) 634-2162 or on Twitter @jbreger_news.


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