Food / Hunger

Community Gardens

Located in downtown Monroe and Southbrook Church, Heart for Monroe’s community gardens allow volunteers to come together to grow all kinds of fresh produce for our neighbors in need. Not only do we want to feed our neighbors, we seek to nourish their bodies through the fruits and vegetables grown in our gardens. Once they are harvested, we deliver them directly to our neighbors for the duration of the harvest season.

Monroe Gardens

It takes many hands to keep our gardens up.  If you are interested in becoming a part of our Monroe community garden, please contact Tracey McDanel at

Food Distribution

There are several different opportunities to participate in food distribution with Heart for Monroe each week. We currently distribute food boxes from The Closet in downtown Monroe to those who attend free shopping days. We also take food boxes from The Closet into designated neighborhoods within the community. In addition, we distribute weekly snacks to students at Wingate University to boost their spirits and encourage them through each week of the semester.

Where are food goes

The Closet

Local Neighborhoods

Wingate University

We are also excited about our new Paw Provisions Market on the Wingate Campus in partnership with Wingate University and the Collaborative for the Common. This free market provides food and supplies to students in need. Thanks to our partnership with Wingate Eats, we are able to take leftover plated meals to families in the surrounding area. 

If you or your group want to participate, please click below.

Do you feel called to help? Sign up to volunteer with us today.