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The neighborhood kids were hungry. He planted a garden.

Alum George Benner runs an urban garden at the Mary McCormack housing development as part of his foundation the Round Table which feeds and mentors children in South Boston. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University

It began a dozen years ago when George Benner would return home from the grocery store with his son, Oliver. Before they could reach their apartment within the Mary Ellen McCormack public housing development in South Boston, they would be greeted by Oliver’s friends. Benner would encourage the kids to look through the bags. He would invite them to help themselves.

“A couple of little kids would look and see something, and we just started letting them eat right out of the bags, whatever they wanted,” says Benner, who graduated from Northeastern with a degree in criminal justice in 2001. “These guys were hungry. So we started the feeding program.”

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Published On: June 30, 2020 | Tags: ,
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