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ECI Inmates Grow Nearly A Ton Of Produce For Local Residents

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MARYLAND - Prisoners at Eastern Correctional Institution are helping to feed residents in Maryland's poorest county.

Wednesday, they celebrated a big milestone in raising close to a ton of vegetables for folks in Somerset County. About two dozen different types of produce are harvested by inmates, which are then delivered to two area food pantries on a weekly basis.

"They work really hard. We don't have a sprinkler system. Hopefully someday we will. Most of it's grown by hand. But they get to see the fruits of their labor. And it's been very rewarding," Warden Kathleen Green said.

The program is in partnership with the Somerset County Health Department. It feeds anywhere between 400 and 500 area families each month.

Thursday, we'll have the story of an inmate who opens up about how the ECI garden program has changed his perspective on life.   

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