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Social Work Student Creates Community Dinners From Vision of Unity and a Garden

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By Ann Blackford

Sydney Peard, University of Kentucky College of Social Work Student, Community Building, Urban Gardening
Sydney Peard, right, with neighborhood friend.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2016) — Food not only nourishes the body, it can nourish the soul, especially when shared in the company of other people. As Sidney Peard, a senior in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky, tended the garden she and her neighbor started this summer with a couple of heirloom tomatoes, a vision of unifying people in her community through food took root and began to grow.

Peard lives near UK’s campus and the heart of downtown Lexington. Residents of the community represent an eclectic mix of people from multiple generations and all walks of life. The centralized location also makes it a natural passageway for a segment of Lexington’s homeless population.

“I really feel the Lord laid it on my heart that day in the garden to prepare a meal to bring people together from different populations and share a meal in community – the young, the older, the homeless,” Peard said.

Read the full story here on UKNow.