Smith County trustys giving back to community
POSTED: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 5:33pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 6:02pm
Flint, Texas (KETK) — Trustys at the Smith County Jail work as gardeners.
When the trustys are not spending time in Smith County Jail, they are working in the East Texas Food Bank Garden. It's a job that helps feed the hungry.
The trustys at Smith County Jail go to work, just like us.
"We don't keep lazy trustees outside. You're going to be there to work. If you don't work you may be sitting there watching tv or whatever you wanna do," said Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith.
It isn't your typical garden.
"This time of the season where we are right now the trustees will be out there almost every other day harvesting depending what the crop is," said Smith.
The trusty gardeners grow produce for the East Texas Food Bank.
Dennis Cullinane with The East Texas Food Bank says the garden has peppers, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, squash and egg plant.
They take the food to soup kitchens and food pantries for families in need.
DeAndra Boyd lives across the street from the garden. She said she supports the project.
"The supervision out there, the officers they have out there...it makes me feel safe, I think they're doing a good job," said Boyd.
"We don't take anyone with violent offenses. Violent charges will never be an outside trustee," said Smith.
It is a partnership that benefits everyone.
"We're really focusing on getting the quality of our nutritional quality up and trying to encourage healthy eating by those who really don't have the kind of budget to afford that kind of food," said Cullinane.