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Coalition launches free veggie libraries


The Montgomery County Wellness Coalition is excited to announce the launch of free veggie libraries in Crawfordsville this summer, aimed at increasing access to fresh produce for residents throughout the town.

With the goal of promoting a healthier community, individuals are encouraged to take what they need and share some to feed others in need. The veggie libraries can be found at two convenient locations including the Free Clinic and the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

Due to the wet spring, many gardens should be producing in excess. So, we encourage you to go check out the libraries and see what you can find. But be patient as we are still early in the season.

Furthermore, the Montgomery County Wellness Coalition is seeking donations of fresh fruits and vegetables to stock the veggie libraries. This presents an excellent opportunity for gardeners to share the fruits (or veggies) of their labor and contribute to the betterment of our community.

Additionally, it offers a convenient way to make use of any surplus zucchini or tomatoes. Feel free to select one or multiple locations of your choice and drop off produce at your convenience.

Whether you are seeking fresh, local, and free fruits and vegetables for yourself, your family, or your friends, the veggie libraries are open to everyone in the community. We encourage you to come and choose what you’d like. Together, we can ensure that nutritious food is accessible to all.

In order to maintain the quality and freshness of the produce, we kindly request that if you come across any expired items, please dispose of them or inform us.

For any inquiries or to report expired produce, contact the Montgomery County Extension Office at 765-364-6363.

If you would like to learn more or stay updated on this initiative, we invite you to get in touch with the Montgomery County Extension Office, the health department or Purdue Extension.

The Montgomery County Wellness Coalition is dedicated to promoting collaboration and providing centralized access to community resources. Through shared value strategies addressing health equity, the coalition strives to create healthy connected communities that improve individuals’ quality of life through prevention, education, awareness and partnership. To learn more or get involved, contact the health department or Purdue Extension.

Join us in making a positive impact on our community’s well-being. Together, we can foster a healthier and more vibrant Crawfordsville.


Monica Nagele is the Montgomery County Extension Educator and County Extension Director, Health and Human Science. She is a registered dietitian. The Extension office is at 400 Parke Ave., Crawfordsville; 765-364-6363. She may be reached by email at mwilhoit@purdue.edu.