The Garden

Each year countless youth volunteer their free time to cultivate and harvest a large-scale vegetable garden on the grounds of FPJDC.

This ongoing project is part of a restorative justice approach intended to present these juveniles with an opportunity to symbolically repair the harm caused by their crimes and give back to the community.  With supervision and guidance, the youth sow seeds, pull weeds, and finally gather an abundance of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and the like from this sizable corner of their temporary backyard.

All fresh produce is donated to the Tangi Food Pantry throughout the harvesting season.  It is then distributed to families in need within the local community. 

For more information about FPJDC’s gardening program contact Director of Operations, Russell Sanders at  If you would like more information on the Tangi Food Pantry call (985) 429-8551 or email the organization at

The Tangi Food Pantry

Since beginning its fight to eliminate hunger in 1987, the Tangi Food Pantry has been a very important resource to the citizens of Tangipahoa Parish and surrounding areas.  Roughly half of all Louisiana residents are considered “low income,” and at least 15% of households are often forced to choose between adequate nutrition and purchasing other daily essentials.  Each year, donations to the Tangi Food Pantry provide over 40,000 of our neighbors with much-needed food assistance.  Sadly, many of these neighbors are children.  In Tangipahoa parish alone, 74% of the youth in the public elementary and middle school system live in a state of poverty, and it is estimated by the United States Department of Agriculture that one in four children face hunger in their homes.  For more information on the Tangi Food Pantry and their community contribution, please visit their website at