Correctional facility gives 500 pounds of produce to UGM

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Correctional facility gives 500 pounds of produce to UGM

4:14 p.m. PDT September 22, 2016

The Mill Creek Correctional Facility in Salem donated 484 pounds of fresh produce to the Union Gospel Mission at the start of the month.

The facility provided the mission with a variety of fresh tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, corn, and peppers to help supplement meals served.

Mill Creek Correctional Facility is a minimum-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 290 male inmates who are within four years of release.

The Mill Creek garden is grown and harvested by adults in custody, who were “pleased to be able to give back to the local community,” according to Mill Creek officials.

The facility’s inmate population also benefits from the crops, as the fresh vegetables are used to supplement meals in the prison.

The Union Gospel Mission serves more than 200,000 meals every year to more than 2,000 people, which the produce will contribute to.

Twice a week the facility’s garden also bags produce for Marion-Polk Food Share. In 2015, the garden was able to donate more than 20,000 pounds of produce to the food share.

The facility opened in 1929 as the Farm Annex of the Oregon State Penitentiary, housing 50 adult male offenders. The Farm Annex provided all of the milk, eggs, meat, fruit, and vegetables for the Oregon State Penitentiary and the State Hospital.

It is the second oldest prison in the state.

Contact Natalie Pate at npate@StatesmanJournal.com, 503-399-6745, or follow on Twitter @Nataliempate, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nataliepatejournalist or on the Web at nataliepate.com

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Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. Natalie has previously worked for organizations and publications such as Direct Relief International, Waging Non-Violence, and Amnesty International USA. She has had stories published with USA Today, Associated Press and Ozy, among others. Natalie earned her B.A. in Politics and French and Francophone Studies (FFS) from Willamette University. During her studies, she wrote a Politics thesis titled, "No One is Dying: How and Why the U.S. Federal Government Avoids Executing Prisoners on Federal Death Row" and an FFS thesis, in French, on cannibalism in the 16th and 17th centuries. Natalie is a journalist, performer, traveler, fiction writer and more. She is working to publish her dystopian novella, "Choice," which follows a man during 24 hours in solitary confinement for allegedly committing murder. For more information on Natalie visit www.about.me/natalie_pate, like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nataliepatejournalist, or follow Natalie on Twitter (@Nataliempate) or Tumblr (Nataliempate blog "In the Shoes of a Journalist"). Her reporting with the Statesman Journal can also be found at www.StatesmanJournal.com.

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