Published On: Mon, Nov 5th, 2012

Harrah’s Cherokee donates 342 pounds of sweet potatoes

Manna Food Bank received a bounty of sweet potatoes, 342 pounds worth, grown and harvested in Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort ‘s HERO (Harrah’s Employee’s Reaching Out) garden. Volunteers from the HERO program learned to garden and planted the potatoes earlier in the year in its effort help end hunger in Western North Carolina and support Manna Food Bank.

Manna Food Bank has a region-wide distribution system and continues to collect, store and warehouse food items. Beginning in 2013, Manna Food Bank and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort will promote the “Grow a Row for Hunger” project, encouraging the gardening community to add an extra row in their garden to donate to the food bank. The program will increase fresh produce available to families and agencies served by Manna programs.

“It is a great feeling to be able to have fertile land to grow a garden and create a crop to help feed hungry people…it’s priceless,” said Heather Queen, HRSS Analyst, HERO and HERO Board Member.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort related they are proud to support Manna Food Bank’s fresh produce and gardening initiatives and to increase awareness for their programs to help eliminate hunger. To learn more about Manna Food Bank and the programs they offer or find out event information visit www.MANNAFoodbank.org.

For more information about Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort’s HERO program and the services they provide, contact Janna Hyatt, Community Relations Specialist at 828-497-8853. www.harrahscherokee.com

– Harrah’s Cherokee

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